Update – Google ETF is actually $550 on top of the $180 you already paid! So if you pull out early, you’ll have to pay $730 total!
I know Justin was impressed with the business model Google’s new Nexus One phone, but I really don’t see how it’s any different. You can buy the phone from Google for $529 without a carrier subsidy, or you can pay $179 with a T-Mobile subsidy. You buy the phone directly from Google, but how’s that any different than buying an iPhone directly from Apple?
Furthermore, it seems that Google isn’t very honest about the Early Termination Fee. It’s actually $350 if you break the contract early but Google advertises a $200 ETF. Verizon honestly advertises a $350 ETF and they’re being persecuted by some members of the FCC and by the so-called consumer advocacy groups who haven’t made a peep about Google’s misleading advertising or the $350 ETF. Why such an obvious double standard?
The Nexus One is made by HTC and it seems to be fairly impressive with an 800×480 OLED display and a 1 GHz ARM processor. But according to Michael Arrington, it only gets 1.5 hours of battery life when he games with the display at full brightness. That’s pretty pathetic considering the fact that a full size laptop gets more than that.