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Google's Nexus One is Actually a Steal at $49

gjt (93855) writes | more than 4 years ago

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gjt (93855) writes "I initially posted a story ragging on the Nexus One. But then a commenter pointed out a problem with my initial logic. I investigated the commenter's thoughts. After doing some math, I concluded that the $529 unlocked/unsubsidized Google Nexus One gPhone is much cheaper than it appears to be. In fact it's only $49 when you do the math — and that's unlocked! Google likes to say that the Nexus One represents "Our new approach to buying a mobile phone". But it actually seems as though T-Mobile deserves most of the credit by providing a $20/month discount to customers who purchase an unsubsidized phone — which for some reason didn't seem to get much attention when T-Mobile created the new plan back in October 2009."
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Cheap yes, Steal no (1)

Demonoid-Penguin (1669014) | more than 4 years ago | (#31032638)

'cause when it's a "steal" it doesn't cost anything... Rrrr Rrrr (where's my buckingears?)

True. So why even offer a subsidized phone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31036136)

So, why is Google even offering the subsidized version? There's no reason to buy it. Google should be promoting the $480 discount next to the unsubsidized option. But moreover, how come T-Mobile didn't publicize the discount more heavily in the three months since they introduced the new pricing plan? This is what everyone has been wanting for years! I hope AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint learn from this. Honesty, what a concept!
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