New Google Phone Information Indicates Two VersionsBy Chris Weiss
While the unlocked nature of the Nexus One Google Phone is one of the aspects that’s given it appeal, even Google realizes that there are a lot of people that aren’t going to be willing to fork out hundreds just for provider freedom. According to a new Reuters report, Google will be offering two versions of its upcoming phone when it launches in January.
The first version will be your standard subsidized, contract phone under T-Mobile and the second will be the unlocked version. The report states that Google may begin selling the phone directly from its website as soon as January 5 and cites that the information was gleaned from “a source familiar with the matter”.
Reuters quotes the source as stating: ““In the long term Google will become a seller and get commission from operators. Apple had a phone so hot it changed the business model and got operators to agree to revenue sharing. This is going to change the business too.”
Google and T-Mobile reps did not comment. [via Reuters]