The price usually given for the Google Nexus One is $180, but that’s the price for those switching to T-Mobile to get this new Android OS-based smartphone. Current T-Mobile subscribers had been asked to pay $200 more. However, this price has been reduced a bit.
Previously, those who are already T-Mobile customers who qualify for an upgrade subsidy were being charged $380 for the Nexus One, but this price has now dropped to $280.
According to an statement from Google:
“Previously there were two price points for those fully eligible for T-Mobile upgrades. Those without data plans were paying $279 for the Nexus One, and those with data plans were being charged $379. We worked with T-Mobile and are now able to offer the higher upgrade discount to all existing fully eligible T-Mobile subscribers. This price is now $279. Refunds will be granted to all eligible subscribers who previously purchased the Nexus One at $379. This doesn’t affect any eligible customers who bought the phone for $279.”
T-Mobile subscribers who don’t qualify for a rebate, and those who want the device unlocked, are still being charged $530.
At this point, potential customers are given only a single option for service plans — 500 voice minutes and unlimited data and texting for $80 a month. There are no family plans available for this model.
A Rocky Start
The Google Nexus One launched last week among great fanfare, but has since run into problems.
There have also been numerous complaints that the price is too high, something that was at least partially remedied today.
In addition, T-Mobile and Google are in the process of tracking down an issue that sometimes prevents this smartphone from getting a reliable 3G connection.
These and other reasons have apparently kept sales Nexus One low. According to one report, Google sold just 20,000 units in the first week.
An Overview of the Google Nexus One
This smartphone is the first to be released by Google under its own brand name, and it offers a number of high-end features.
It has a tablet shape with a 3.7-inch, WVGA, AM-OLED display and a trackball.
The Nexus One runs Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, making it the first to offer this combination.
It has 512 MB RAM, and this device comes with a 4 GB microSD card. Users have the option to expand this up to 32 GB.
At this point, it is available only from T-Mobile USA, but will be released by Verizon Wireless and Vodafone in the spring.
It supports T-Mobile’s 3G service, and also Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with stereo support.
Other features include a 5 MPx camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 3.5 mm headset jack, a GPS receiver, accelerometer, and digital compass.