Google Nexus One Woes for Existing T-Mobile Customers
Jan 5, 2010 10:12 PM –
I stayed glued to Wall Street Journal’s live blog summary of Google’s Android announcement in anticipation of the Nexus One official launch. As an existing T-Mobile customer I wanted to know the details on how to get the newly dubbed “superphone” as an existing customer. Sadly, I learned the deal for existing customers was not well thought out. Actually for us customers to jumped on the T-Mobile G1 a year ago utilizing that upgrade package would not qualify for the $179 discounted upgrade price (you must have satisfied at least 22 months of your contract to qualify discounted price).
Existing T-Mobile Customer Woes who want the Nexus One:
Cancel Contract to your Port Number
If you want to to port your phone number you will have to cancel your existing contract and pay the carrier early termination fee (provided you’re eligible to port it)… see details:
Transfering your mobile phone number will terminate your current wireless service plan. If you are still under contract, you may be charged an early termination fee by your current wireless service provider. We can check your phone number’s eligibility for transfering now. Your number will not be transfered until after your phone is activated.
Only One Plan Type Offered
There currently is only one plan type for Individuals, no Family plans included:
500 talk minutes. Unlimited nights and weekends. Unlimited T-Mobile to T-Mobile minutes. Unlimited domestic messaging including SMS, MMS, IM. Android Unlimited Web. $79.99 per month.
T-Mobile has No Control
Nope, no control over the sale of the device, you have you use Google’s web store to purchase the device (my apologies for the double-negative). At least you, in theory, could get the Individual plan then call/visit T-Mobile to change the plan to something more suitable.
Expect to be charged Sales Tax in states on orders where Google has a presence, see Terms of Sale.
Unfortunately you won’t be able to insure the unsubsidized Nexus One. Something I used to boast over iPhone fanboys.
In conclusion, being the true Google fanboy I will still get the Nexus One as it represents the latest in Android Devices with the fast 1GHz Snapdragon processor and more importantly software advances with the Android operating system 2.1. Join my rant… or rant against me in the comments below.
Update: Pay $550 to Canel & Return the Nexus One
I must add to this; if you to sign-up as a new customer for the T-Mobile subsidized Nexus One, and if you’re unhappy with the phone and want to cancel your contract… you’ll be paying $550 ($200 for T-Mobile contract cancellation and $350 to Google for “Equipment Recovery Fee”, better to buy the unsubsidized version for $530)! Ooouuuccchhh!