The Google Nexus One (let’s hope they change the name) will cost $530 (£330) when it is released in the US, according to yet another leak.
According to Gizmodo, the Nexus One won’t be sold at cost by Google – as previously suggested – but will, in fact, be sold for $530 unlocked.
In the US, a two-year $40-a-month contract with T-Mobile will bring the price down to $180 (£130).
If rumours are to be believed the Nexus One should be hitting shops on January 5.
More detail suggests that five phones per Google account can be bought – although this seems a little irrelevant considering a new account is available for free.
The news, should it be accurate, will come as a blow to those who hoped that Google would offer the phone for cost and make money from people using its software and the Android mobile OS.
Google’s online services – such as Gmail and Google Calendar – are free to use, with the company favouring an ad-funded model.
But, it seems, to get the Google (and HTC) hardware consumers will have to fork out a fairly hefty chunk of their hard-earned wages.
We’ll no doubt find out more details when Google spills all at its January 5press briefing to discuss Android – and almost certainly the Nexus One.
Link: (via Gizmodo | TechRadar )