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I'm wondering what the pricing will be for the N1 for Verizon customers.  Any takers?  Specifically, I'm wondering how this affects those of us who may be due for an upgrade.  If the phone is purchased directly from Google instead of Verizon, will we still be eligible for new-every-two pricing, or does that go out the window?  Some of us are aware that if you are an existing VZW customer on a shared plan and your phone is NOT the main line, you get the shaft when it comes to discounts/upgrades.  I'm strongly considering the N1, but there's no way I would pay full retail for it.

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axel_2078 wrote:

I'm wondering what the pricing will be for the N1 for Verizon customers.  Any takers?  Specifically, I'm wondering how this affects those of us who may be due for an upgrade.  If the phone is purchased directly from Google instead of Verizon, will we still be eligible for new-every-two pricing, or does that go out the window?  Some of us are aware that if you are an existing VZW customer on a shared plan and your phone is NOT the main line, you get the shaft when it comes to discounts/upgrades.  I'm strongly considering the N1, but there's no way I would pay full retail for it.


 

I would think the Nexus would be $299.99 at retail price or higher than that. Most likely upgrading price would be $179.00.Not sure about the year contract question. Since you want the phone at discount price, it is best to wait until you are ready for an upgrade.

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$299 for retail price?   No way in ____!   
Can't touch the Eris for under $500,  

 

I would would suggest more like $500+ range as a realistic price.

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smithkjnc wrote:

$299 for retail price?   No way in ____!   
Can't touch the Eris for under $500,  

 

I would would suggest more like $500+ range as a realistic price.


 

I'm pretty sure TGO was talking about a contract subsidized price, not a "full" retail price.  I seriously doubt the subsidized price will be more than the $299.  The N1 is only slightly superior in hardware to the Droid and it does not have the physical keyboard. My guess for a subsidized price is $250 at launch and after a month or two the price will be dropped to the same as the Droid, $200.  I'm sure that full retail will be inline with what Google is already selling the phone for, $529, could be cheaper, but I can't see them charging more.

 

Edit: Actually, it seems that T-Mobile is selling the phone for $179 with contract, so I doubt VZW would price it much higher than that.

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Keep in mind that with the T-Mobile deal, an end-user has an incentive to purchase the phone out-right, because T-Mobile has their "Even More Plus" pricing program that discounts your monthly bill when you supply your own phone. Since they are not subsidizing the purchase of the phone, they are willing to drop your monthly bill accordingly. With every other carrier in the U.S. it does not matter if the carrier is subsidizing the phone or not, the monthly rates are the same. With T-Mobile, once your 2 year contract is up, and your phone is then considered unsubsidized, you can actually call and switch to that lower rate plan if you don't want to replace your phone with a new one at the subsidized price. With other carriers, when you are out of contract and choose not to upgrade your phone at the subsidized price, you are you are "giving away" about $15 of your monthly bill. Obviously you are not committing to another 1 or 2 year contract, so for a few people that might be an advantage for one reason or another. Unless Verizon comes out with a comparable plan for non-contract phones, I doubt you will see many people purchasing the Verizon version of the Nexus One at the full retail price. Personally, I would love to see Verizon come out with a reduced rate plan, as I am the type of person who would jump on the deal. I like having the full flexibility to choose when/if I am going to upgrade. I am a bit odd in my choices of upgrades when it comes to electronics and technology. I love being on the cutting-edge of technology on the software side, but not necessarily on the hardware side. My job is in I.T. and yet my home server is many years old, the machine I am typing this on right now is an 8 year old P4 system. I tend to upgrade hardware only when it can not perform the functions I need it to perform. Software on the other hand I tend to keep bleeding-edge. I generally only run Linux distros that are of the "rolling release" type, meaning I'm running "Version today" or "Version last week" of the operating system, like Gentoo or Sidux. As long as my Android phone can run the latest release of the OS at a reasonable speed and there are no serious hardware issues with it, I'll be more than happy to stick with a given phone for an extended period of time, as long as it is financially prudent to do so, meaning I will take advantage of subsidized upgrade opportunities when they become available to me as long as I am planning on sticking with that carrier anyway, unless they have a reduced monthly rate for not doing so. For me, purchasing a phone at full retail would not be about "keeping my options open" so I can jump to different carriers as it might be for some, it would be keeping my options open to upgrade when I felt like it, and allowing me to resell my existing phone at what ever price I can get for it and know that the person purchasing the phone would have no problems activating it on the network, whether that be switching after 3 months or 3 years of use. I am not, however, willing to "waste" $15 per month for that option. Considering that one is going to spend around $2000 per phone over the 2 year life of a phone just on service, I am always a little puzzled by people's obsession over the initial purchase price of a phone, whether it is going to be $199 or $169. That $30 price difference is completely insignificant in the over-all scheme of things. I'm not saying that my choice of WHERE I buy a given phone wouldn't be influenced by the price, say Amazon discounting the phone as compared to a Verizon store, but it certainly would not influence WHICH phone I choose to get. If they were giving away a "Samsung Moment" phone with 2 year contract vs. a Droid for $200 with 2 year contract, I wouldn't even look twice at the Samsung unit. In the same way, if Motorola doesn't come out with the Android 2.1 update soon I certainly will not be looking at another Motorola phone when it comes time to upgrade. Don't get me wrong, I'm not whining or screaming for the 2.1 update, or threatening to leave, or calling it a "deal breaker" or anything... I'm running Android 2.1 on the Sprint Hero, and it's just not THAT much of an upgrade to be honest, and I can wait. The reason I want to see Motorola get the 2.1 update out quickly is to show that they are committed to keeping their products up to date with the latest releases as soon as possible after release of what ever version it happens to be. I can pretty much guarantee you that Google will keep the Nexus One, or any other phone that they release directly up to date in a very timely manner, and those who adopt the "Google phones" will not experience "hardware obsolescence" just because the manufacturer feels they have "met their obligation" once the product is released. I think Motorola understands this, and expect to see Android 2.1 released shortly for the Droid. A more telling scenario will be what Motorola does with Android 2.2, 3.0 etc. this year as each new OS is released. Again, I will guarantee you that if you get a Nexus One with Android 2.1 on it, that Android 3.0 will not only be able to run on it, but it will be updated *very* quickly after finalization of the Android 3.0 code AND subsequent updates. This year will tell us pretty quickly what manufacturers are committed to Android on their phones, and which are simply committed to producing new phones to sell the consumer. HTC isn't looking too terribly promising at this point, but I'm still giving them the benefit of the doubt, since the changes from Android 1.5 to 2.X (even to 1.6) are pretty extensive with the addition of the CDMA code directly into the basic OS. If I have to pay full retail for a Nexus One, or Nexus Two or what-ever later this year or early 2011, so be it, if that is what is necessary to get away from "Designed Obsolescence", should Motorola decide to go that route. Google can not "afford" to allow that to happen with their Nexus series phones, which might end up being the best bargain in the long run.
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smithkjnc wrote:

$299 for retail price?   No way in ____!   
Can't touch the Eris for under $500,  

 

I would would suggest more like $500+ range as a realistic price.


 

That's true. I was thinking my currenty G1 phone retail price. It's $369.99 at retail price. I'd expect the Nexus to then be at the price you said.

 

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