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Nexus One: Nice Try Google

Karl’s reaction to Google’s mobile phone, Nexus One, with service plan offered by T-Mobile. – Ilene

Google introduces the Nexus One smart phone in Mt. View, California

Background: Google takes wraps off Nexus One

By Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service

Three years after rumors of a Google phone first surfaced, the search giant has taken the wraps off its own branded and designed mobile phone, the Nexus One.

Initially available on T-Mobile’s network or unlocked, Google said the phone will also become available from Verizon as well as Vodafone in Europe.

Customers can buy the phone now on a new Google Web page, Google.com/phone. It’s $530 unlocked. The phone costs $179 with a T-Mobile contract. The Vodafone and Verizon options are expected to be available sometime in the first quarter.  Continue here.>>

Nexus One: Nice Try Google

Courtesy of Karl Denninger at The Market Ticker

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Nexus One another tactic in Google’s ad-revenue strategy

T-Mobile USA CEO: Nexus One May Show Up On Every US Carrier, WSJ 

By Roger Cheng, Dow Jones Newswires 

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--T-Mobile USA Chief Executive Robert Dotson said he wouldn’t be surprised if all of the major U.S. wireless service providers carried Google Inc.’s (GOOG) newly unveiled phone in the next 12 months.

Google’s Nexus One will run on T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), but will be sold directly to consumers through a Google-run Web site. While T-Mobile is the first to offer a plan for it, Verizon Wireless will offer a plan for it in the spring. Dotson told analysts during an investor conference on Tuesday that the other carriers may also follow.

Google’s Android mobile software is vitally important to T-Mobile’s strategy to push its data services, which best uses the newly upgraded network, Dotson said. Android is T-Mobile’s counterpunch to the Apple Inc. (AAPL) iPhone, which he admitted has taken many of the carrier’s best customers.

If he ran AT&T Inc. (T), he said, he would do everything to ensure that it maintains its exclusivity agreement with Apple. He also said he would do everything he could to get the iPhone over to T-Mobile USA.

The iPhone, meanwhile, has caused headaches for AT&T in major cities, where the network was congested. Dotson said the growth of data services among all smartphones means data usage-based pricing is inevitable in the U.S… more here.>>

 


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