Google’s Nexus One is officially unveiled, available now

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No big surprise here since anyone who doesn't make their permanent residence under a large rock knew that Google had an event planned for today, but the Nexus One is now officially available. Ready to rock your favorite SIM card like never before, it's available contract-free for $529 or with a two-year T-Mobile contract for just $180 minus a buck. Specs remain the same as what we've known for some time now, and it's running Android 2.1, which is an extension of Eclair.

Regardless of how you decide to purchase the phone, they're all unlocked and ready to provide T-Mobile 3G service, which is now streaming along at 7.2mbps nationwide. AT&T customers will, of course, be able to use their SIM card in the Nexus One for voice and data communication, but the data rates will fall back to EDGE only because of the different frequencies.

The one surprise announcement from today is that Verizon will be getting its own CDMA version of the Nexus One later this spring, giving the Motorola Droid a little friendly competition. Looks like Sprint is sitting this one out for the moment, instead carrying on with their HTC Hero in the Android arena. So is the Google phone the one to beat, at least until Apple unveils their 4th gen iPhone?

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Chris King

Chris King is a former contributing editor at Pocketables.