A tipster just sent in these Nexus One screenshots that supposedly confirm two things: that Google will sell it unlocked and unsubsidized for $530, and that Google will sell it itself. Plus, some other very interesting details.
Some of the most important bits of info we extracted (assuming the tipster is accurate, and it seems like he is). Oh, and take a look at our hands on with the device in case you haven't familiarized yourself with it yet.
Msg#: 4051412 posted 9:39 am on Jan 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
I've been contemplating this move for a few days now and it occurs to me that Google going independent with the Nexus One is the only way to fully develop a phone that has all the features users clamor for that the Telcos would easily nix.
For instance, having Direct Wifi, being able to create ad hoc networks with anyone with Wifi proximity would allow users withing range to directly SMS without incurring network charges.
How many cell companies are going to allow Direct Wifi and watch their text messaging fees dry up?
I can come up with a few other scenarios as well but the bottom line is you'll never create the ulimate PDA or "super" phone with all of the capabilities people want without selling a model of the phone that's unencumbered with the requirements of the money grubbing telcos.
Msg#: 4051412 posted 3:31 pm on Jan 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
Google's pledge to develop a new generation of open-standard, unlocked mobile phones is respectable (and bold), but I still think they have to consider how other manufacturers who run their Android OS will respond.
If the Nexus One is truly unlocked and lacks the telco's money-grubbing restrictions, it may prompt the telcos to reevaluate their strategies. The telcos--as it currently stands--are in it for the money. Google, while looking to make money, appears to be in it for the information.
It's all about choice and when given an option, not everyone chooses phones/carriers for the same reasons. Brand recognition, price, convenience, design, etc--people typically choose based on a combination of those things.
The telcos have to realize that they may be fighting a company (Google) whose main purpose is to gather information--not charge fees for voice, SMS, etc.