Verizon Wireless has promised to offer the Google Nexus One but isn’t saying exactly when or what it will charge for its version of the flagship Android OS smartphone. Google may have let the price for this version slip out over the weekend, though.
Google’s website will be the only place to go to get a Nexus One, no matter what carrier it will be used on, and this company supposedly accidentally put Verizon’s version up for sale for a brief time. This mistake was quickly fixed, but not before people noticed the price: $200 with contract.
If this really is going to be Verizon’s subsidized price for this model, it will be $20 higher than T-Mobile’s. There is also an AT&T version of the Nexus One, but there isn’t a subsidized version, so it must be purchased for full price: $530. Sprint has promised to release its own version of this model, but pricing for this has not yet been announced.
Verizon has promised that it is going to introduce its version of this smartphone this spring, but hasn’t gotten more specific.
According to various unconfirmed reports, the Nexus One will debut from this carrier in April, and might be out as early as the end of this 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.
The Nexus One runs Android OS 2.1 on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, making it the first to offer this combination. As it uses Google’s operating system, it comes with a suite of applications with strong ties to this company’s online services for email, calendar, navigation, and more. There’s also a growing collection of third-party apps.
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.
The current version supports T-Mobile’s 3G service, and Verizon’s version is also expected to offer 3G service, in this case EV-DO Rev. A.
In addition, the Nexus One also has 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.
The Google Nexus One with T-Mobile or AT&T service is available now at www.google.com/phone.