EXCLUSIVE: A tipster just sent in these sample Nexus One screenshots that supposedly confirms two things: that Google will sell it unlocked and unsubsidised for $US530, and that Google will sell it by themselves. 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 familiarised yourself with it yet.
• If you want it subsidised, you'll have to sign up for a two-year mandatory contract • There's only one rate plan: $US39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $US79.99 total • Existing customers cannot keep their plan if they want a subsidised phone; they have to change to the one plan, and this only applies to accounts with one single line • If that doesn't fly with you, you have to buy the $US530 unlocked version - this actually might save you money over two years if you already have a cheap plan • Family plans, Flexpay, SmartAccess and KidConnect subscribers must buy the phone unlocked and unsubsidised for $US530 • You can only buy five Nexus One phones per Google account • There is language in the agreement of shipping outside the US • Google will sell it at google.com/phone, which explains what they were doing with that page a few weeks ago • Google will still call it the Nexus One apparently, and not the Google Phone
And here is a big one: • If you cancel your plan before 120 days, you have to pay the subsidy difference between what you paid and the unsubsidised price, so $US350 in this case. Or you can return the phone to Google. You also authorise them to charge this directly to your credit card.
One weirdness in the Terms of Sale that we quickly glanced through was that Google made sure you acknowledged that the manufacturer is HTC, and not Google.