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|Comments on news posted 2010-01-05 13:27:41: The new Google phone (the Nexus One) received lots and lots of hype, most of it focusing on how the device was supposed to revolutionize the US subsidized handset pricing model. .. |
Ulocked should work on any GSM network Google missed an opportunity here. If they want to sell an unlocked phone, it should have been usable on any GSM network (world minus Sprint-Verizon) from day 1.
And it should be available for sale worldwide. Right now, google tells me that because I am in Canada, I can't get it.
To me, I consider those devices to be computers before phones and having it unattached to any network (aka unlocked) is very important. Because Apple refuses to sell unlocked Iphones (except Italy and Germany where required by law), I am delaying buying an iphone.
Both Apple and RIM (Blackberry) count on monthly revenues from networks for each phone they sell. So for the non-contract phones, Apple expects a one time payment equal to roughly what it would be getting for a 3 year contract phone.
If Google sells a totally independant device, then this may force Apple to change its whole revenue philosophy for its iphoen and also sell iphone as a device, just like an ipod, and let customers insert whatever sim card they want in it for network service.
Consider than an ipod touch costs about $200 retail, so an iphone should be available at about $300 when you consider the couple extra chips in the device.
Re: Ulocked should work on any GSM network
said by jfmezei:Add Hong Kong to that list too. Completely unlocked since day 1.
Because Apple refuses to sell unlocked Iphones (except Italy and Germany where required by law), I am delaying buying an iphone.
I have several family members & friends who have purchased their iPhones there and are using them all around the world with different carriers.
cost Has anyone figured out the actual cost to manufacture the phone yet? If it costs Google $450, the price would be justified. OTOH, if it's $250, a 530 price is over the top. The subsidized plan would raise my cost by $15 a month from what I have now, and force me to buy more minutes than I need. Why should I buy 500 minutes when I don't even use the 300 I have now? Unfortunately a $530 price opens up a whole world of possibilities, including paying an early termination fee of $200 and then $199 for an iPhone.
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am I missing something here? I thought the point of this release/launch was that it would still have that low sticker price without some subsidy (and of course, those atrocious ETF's when they dick you for service).
Front Line Force Fortress Forever
And still no multi-touch Maybe that's why they're holding off on launching it in other countries, given only the US version of the Droid is without multi-touch.
Yawn! Spending $530 (or $180) to check out the weather or some other useless news?
The iPhone is still unbeatable. it is even faster than the Nexus 1.0
hmmm So I checked the HTC phones at phonearena.com
There are a TON of phones that HTC offers, why would this phone be different ? Just because is marketed by Google ? That is all they do anyway. We know they already to that. Maybe there is something else to it we don't know.
On another note I looked at tmobile site and this is what they say for the BB 8820 for example.
Theres an easy new way to pay for your phone: The Equipment Installment Plan. As a qualified Even More PlusSM customer, you have the option to pay for your phone in 20 interest-free installments. You make the first payment when you purchase your phone, then we charge the remaining payments to your monthly bill. Its that easy. Interested? Please visit your nearest T-Mobile retail store. **Credit approval & down payment, plus 19 monthly payments, required. Monthly payment amount shown for example only; monthly & down payment amounts may differ. 0% APR. Taxes & fees additional. Available only at T-Mobile-owned retail stores; see store for details.
So basically NOW their are spelling out why you pay $17.50 more a month. I think this makes more sense and is straight forward. The all everything plan for $80 if you have your own device and I believe if you sign a contract the same unlimited plan jumps to around $100. At least now they break down the cost for you. I don't remember seeing the above before. I figured if one would pay lets say $30 a month instead of $17 in about a year the phone is paid in full. My question is will I still be under contract since the phone has been paid in full after 1 year ?
San Francisco, CA
apps i personally did find that the nexus one/android apps were exciting either. they still needs more development, esp in multmedia
said by u3912974:Also, no Android phone (in fact, few smartphones period) offers wireless-G (with or without tethering). For my needs, tethering is not a requirement (VoIP on a cell phone when all my calls are to the same carrier's numbers, and therefore free anyway? Why would I want, or need, that?), and VZW already has a plan that would suit me (E-Mail and Web for BlackBerry for a flat $30 monthly; and applicable to any Blackberry, including Curve, 8830 WE, Storm, etc.). I don't need flash - I need *function*. And with the current VZW Berry Good promotion (still running, as it has been since the Storm 2's launch), I can pick up an original Storm for cheap (no wireless, but I still can use the $30 plan to cover what data needs I have) or a Storm 2 for $180 (and get wireless-G on top of that). Video on the phone? Please; as opposed to downloading it direct, I can download it to my desktop, then transfer it using BDM or any of several free applications for BlackBerries. (Not only would the transfer itself be faster, I use no plan minutes/bytes doing it that way.)
i personally did find that the nexus one/android apps were exciting either. they still needs more development, esp in multmedia
Verizon now offering the "GOOGLE" PHONE? Just saw a Verizon commercial on local TV advertizing that they now have the "GOOGLE" PHONE? Nothing on their website as of a half hour ago, but the commercial aired here in the Philadelphia area around 10:15. Am I missing something? Thought TMobile had the exclusive? If true, could a price drop be on the horizon? Or are sales not what was expected?
Center Barnstead, NH
Phone first then service makes more sense to me. I've had several LG phones since I joined VZW 3 years ago, far far far far more than I would have tolerated if I had to purchase my phone myself. Not just a pollution issue when discarding so many phones, but customer experience of unacceptable quality and enforced restrictions on user options.
If I could bring a user owned cellphone to VZW, that changes things because I am not limited to the VZW products being offered... yay!