The folks over at Gizmodo have leaked internal documents regarding the sale of the company’s Nexus One Android device, and it seems like people are generally unhappy with what we’ve seen.
The phone will be $530 unlocked at google.com/phone (currently blank) and $180 subsidized by a two-year contract with T-Mobile. What has people griping is that the subsidization is only applicable to one plan: $39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $79.99. Family plans, Flexpay and SmartAccess are a big no-go. If you want to save $350 on the cost of the phone, you’ll have to sign up for 500 minutes of talk per month.
The extension of a current plan for existing customers will not make them eligible for subsidy. Unless you switch to the required plan, the phone is $530, free and clear. Of course 500 minutes isn’t enough for most of us but I’m sure Google is going to offer the most convenient escape from that very limiting box: VoIP. Unless you have the cash to spare, get ready to make a good chunk of your calls over Wi-Fi and possibly 3G. I wouldn’t be surprized at all if we’ll encounter some advertizing before, during, or after those calls. That’s my take.
For those who are disappointed, there is an upside: each household will be allowed to purchase 5 Nexus Ones and in looks like the phone will be shipping outside of the US.