This morning, we saw the breaking news which is covered on most newspapers that the Google NEXUS ONE Android 2.1 handset will be available for mail order in 4 countries. Other than USA, the 3 other countries are United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong, China.
In USA, the consumers can purchase the phone independently or at a subsidized rate with T-mobile. The rest of the 3 countries will have to purchase and pay duties/taxes before they can get their hands on the Nexus One.
The question that most people will have in mind is, why didn’t the local telecom operators talk to Google and bring in the phones and subsidised it with a 24 months contract. In fact, the Nexus One is just like any HTC Android phones just that it has a better specifications.
We have spoken to the telecom operator in Singapore and this is their response “We don’t have much to share at this moment, except that we are keen to explore with Google to bring in the Nexus One”.
Looks like the operators are caught by surprise the interest in Nexus One while they are still busy handling the high volume of calls for the Apple iPhone 3GS.
I think there is a high possibility that it will be sold exclusively with a 24 mths contract just like HTC Dream in the past. If you can’t wait, just head over to google.com/phone and order it online.
* Do drop us a line if you have Nexus One powered up with either Singtel/Starhub/M1 SIM card.