Nexus One pricing: another angle

There’s a horrible downside to preparing to launch one of the most hyped tech gadgets known to man. There’s absolutely no way the product or services in store can live up to expectations. When someone says “You will never see the world the same again!!!” They do themselves or the product they speak of a disservice.

It seemed to me that today’s leak of Google’s purported price points – $530 outright and $180 subsidized by a 500-minute plan – was met with nearly universal disappointment. As if Google had spent the last month or two setting us up for the most anti-climactic “revolution” since…well, whatever hyperbolous press release you read this morning. I’m not sure hyperbolous is a real word, but it works for me.

But what if Google had a VoIP solution in place that would kick in automatically when you hit your 500 minute limit? If it meant the end of overage charges, would the Nexus One reclaim its position as a awe-inspiring game-changer that it has held in the public psyche since those first images were leaked? I don’t have any inside information here. I’m just talking.

I find it hard to believe that we have all of the information that’s going to be officially disclosed on January 5th. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Google recently purchased SipPhone – the company that created Gizmo – and that Google Voice invites went out when they did… or to who they did, in some cases. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen here, but I’m pretty sure there’s more to the story than we currently know.

500 minutes on T-Mo’s voice and then unlimited VoIP on their 3G? That sounds like a game-changer to me. Just talking.

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