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Google Nexus One Finally Goes Live

As expected, Google has unveiled its first smartphone, the Nexus One which it calls a super smartphone, during a press event held in Mountain View, at Google's Headquarters.

The phone is already available for sale on Google's dedicated website where prospective customers can get it SIM Free either from Google itself or get it from T-Mobile & Verizon Wireless.

The Nexus One phone is available on the T-Mobile Even More Individual 500 plan together with a two year contract for $180 at a price of $39.99 per month with unlimited night and weekend minutes.

As for Verizon Wireless, the mobile operator will sell it - as a CDMA model - in the US from Spring 2010. Roughly about the same time, UK mobile phone network Vodafone will be selling the Nexus One with Singapore, Hong Kong and other countries following.

Interestingly, Google chose to go Vodafone's way rather than T-Mobile, its launch partner for the G1. It also kind-of explains why Vodafone dumped the HTC HD2 a few weeks ago without HTC uttering anything. Vodafone will, of course, become the fourth UK mobile operator to sell the iPhone from next month.

Interestingly, Andy Rubin, who joined Google following the acquisition of Danger by the search giant, said that the company would be making a profit right from the sale of the phone and would use it to promote Google's own solutions.

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Importantly, Google has confirmed that the Nexus One is the first of what it expects "to be a series of products which we will bring to market with our operator and hardware partners and sell through our online store."

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Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.