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Google to Sell Phone Independent of Wireless Carriers

Google Will Sell Its Own Phone

Google has announced its plans to sell its own phone. . . independent of wireless carriers. The device will be manufactured by HTC and is called the Nexus One. It will run Google's Android operating system and be available for sale online. No technical specs have been released, though the photo at left, reportedly leaked by a Google employee, may be an image of what to expect.

Unlike Apple, Google isn't working with one wireless carrier to support the phone. Instead, customers will be able to choose between AT&T and T-Mobile for service.

It's an interesting model, and one that may challenge Apple's AT&T exclusivity and also other carriers' plans. Because the phones will be bought directly from Google, though, they may not be able to offer the introductory pricing rates offered by wireless companies upon signing a new two-year contract.

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lowbatterysound lowbatterysound 6 years
Even thought I'm a long time BB user, I'll definitely be checking it out if/when this phone comes out. Android 2.x is shaping up to be a real contender. RIM needs to get in gear if it wants to compete with these new OS's and hardware.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
Totally didn't think about it's relation to Google Voice, Akasha. How awesome would that be?
Akasha Akasha 6 years
I'm wondering if it will work with my Google Voice account. That would be great no wireless carriers at all.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
This would be perfect for my bf, who likes my iPhone but doesn't want to switch to AT&T. Also, is the guy taking the picture of the phone wearing a Santa hat??
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
This would be perfect for my bf, who likes my iPhone but doesn't want to switch to AT&T. Also, is the guy taking the picture of the phone wearing a Santa hat??
verily verily 6 years
Interesting, but I'm pretty locked into my iPhone. Nice for all those people who aren't already attached to a Blackberry or iPhone though.
vankunder vankunder 6 years
Any Canadian service?
vankunder vankunder 6 years
Any Canadian service?
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
Sounds great, but it's still pretty limited in terms of carriers - only AT&T and T-Mobile? I'm not leaving Verizon, so I guess I'm out for this one too.
AIMEESUGAR AIMEESUGAR 6 years
I'm in love with the Android operating system but am fed up with my G1. I've been looking at upgrading and I am super intrigued by this... I hope they can manage to make it affordable!
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 6 years
This is the phone that I've been waiting to hear about. It could definitely take the place of my iphone.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 6 years
Sounds interesting...but nothing will make me leave my Blackberry. It's a long-term love affair ;-)
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