The Google Phone's Alter Ego Revealed: A Lame Christmas Bonus

The quasi-mythical Google Phone is many things: To optimists, it's Google's bid to shake up the wireless industry. To cynics, it's just an overhyped Android phone. And to some Googlers, it's apparently this year's Christmas bonus. They're less than thrilled.

Earlier today we got a tip from reader whose buddy was one of the selected recipients of Google's Nexus One Android phone. Google has admitted to "dogfooding" a phone - that is, testing on its employees - so we expected reports like this. What we didn't expect, though, was his friend's response:

Two problems, however: first, the phone is GSM only, so he's not happy about that. Second, this phone is HIS BONUS for this year. His usual bonus is $US1K in cash, taxes paid by Google.

SO according to him the phone is just going to sit, unused, in a drawer in his apartment. Hoo...ray?

Complaining about getting a free phone - especially the single most buzzed about piece of hardware on the planet right now - might seem sour. But if you're accustomed to getting cash - you know, money, that you can spend - instead of a phone that you can only use on two carriers (and that you can only really use on one) I can understand the bitterness. And what kind of Googler doesn't already have a smartphone? Didn't they all get Android phones back in 2008, when Google pulled a similar bonus stunt with the HTC Dream? People loved that!

—Thanks, AndPreciousLittleofThat!

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