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Aside from a few missing tidbits to be determined, the full specifications of Google’s Nexus One are in plain sight on Engadget. I recommend you review the full listing, but here are the highlights, which were mostly leaked prior or shown on video: 512 MB of […]

Aside from a few missing tidbits to be determined, the full specifications of Google’s Nexus One are in plain sight on Engadget. I recommend you review the full listing, but here are the highlights, which were mostly leaked prior or shown on video:

  • 512 MB of RAM and ROM
  • 4 GB microSD card included with support for up to 32 GB of removable storage
  • 3.7″ AMOLED display with WVGA resolution
  • 5 megapixel camera sensor with 2x digital zoom
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi support
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor
  • Removable 1400 mAh battery
  • Voice supported on both AT&T and T-Mobile, but 3G is only good for T-Mo. AT&T’s network will provide EDGE.

All in all, it looks like the most powerful Android handset yet, but for all of the early hype of this being “the” Google phone, I don’t see the anticipated disruption that was predicted with enthusiasm. Unless of course, the whole story isn’t told yet. Engadget also reports a January 5, 2010 release date by invitation only. I’m not sure what that’s all about, but again, not disruptive — annoying maybe, but not disruptive.

I’m thinking that Gizmo and Google Voice are the hole cards in this poker game — and possibly Google Talk, which works just like a phone call on the Nokia N900. Google purchased VoIP provider Gizmo last month and when I log into my Google Voice account, I can already set up a Gizmo SIP number as one of my “phones.” I’ve already added a SkypeIn number as well — it works great with Google Voice. A call to my Google Voice number rings any Skype clients on my phones or the Skype client on my PC or Mac. But Google’s investment in Gizmo tells me that Skype won’t be a primary voice solution for Android. Let me turn my own hole card with this thought — do you now see why I was so interested in getting a data-only SIM card on the T-Mobile network? I’m betting on the Google Voice, Google Talk and Gizmo integration because if it comes to pass, it could be the beginning of the end for cellular voice plans.

  1. EXACTLY! There are several websites out there by people who got some time with it claiming that VOIP will not be supported. But that just doesn’t make sense to me. All the signs are there that google is moving to do this. The integrationg of google voice and gizmo, the launch of it’s own phone, android itself. All of these point to google wanting to make sure they don’t have to deal with problems from anyone else when they launch something like this that will shake the industry.

    And as far as the invite only thing, I’m not sure I believe that either. Seems pretty odd to me. Maybe they meant google voice will still be invite only since it is right now. But I have no clue why google would make buying the phone invite only. That would just be stupid.

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  2. I think the VOIP only idea is interesting, but is it really feasible right now? When the iPhone (which doesn’t officially do VOIP over 3G) is bringing AT&T to its knees, would VOIP really be reliable on a cell network, or is this something we’re more likely to see in 2-3 years?

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  3. My question is – are we really serious about using VOIP for primary number? What if you are driving and there is no Wireless access, how can you make a call?

    Well, T-Mobile data plan you may say but isn’t that the whole point – to exclude cellular out of the picture?

    Well, maybe not, $30 data plan sounds good but T-Mobile’s 3G infrastructure sucks and even T-Mobile knows, so why is Google after T-Mobile? How difficult is it to embed a pentaband chipset for HSPA? When Sony Ericsson can do it, whats stopping Google?

    I know what is – no carrier wants to employ all the latest tech in one device, that way they have more sales but Google got the monies, they should concentrate in more subscribers cos’ revenue comes automatically. Google is being foolish by not supporting other carriers for high speed data.

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  4. I think you are close to revealing the “Real Disruption” factor for Google’s Nexus One, but let me ask:

    If I have a Google Voice telephone number (and I do), could I just forward income calls to Google Talk / Skype / AOL Instant Messenger? This would allow me to have “multiple” phones (MO) that are data capable OR desk top points of access.

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    1. I’m currently forwarding my Google Voice calls to Skype, as well as to my iPhone and Pre. An incoming call rings on my Skype clients just as it does on my phones — meaning, a GV call right now would ring me on my MacBook where I’m logged in to Skype. :)

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      1. i love that about google voice!

        a consolidated point of contact w/the option to screen callers and all features/settings are accessible online.

        i would def agree on your prediction for data plans and google. just makes sense and also lets you not have to worry about carrier exclusive (given you could get all bands in the phone). it could be a super unlocked phone :P

        for me though, i still need the voice since i don’t get data in a few very rural areas (parents farm) that need that 850hz band.

        one of these days we’ll see full data everywhere, if only the carriers were all compatible..

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    2. Gamco,

      I have a Gizmo account. There’s a Polycom IP phone (left over from an old project) on my desk. That phone connects to the Gizmo account and my Google Voice number rings on that phone. When I travel I can run Gizmo software on my MacBook, or my Nokia tablet. I also have Skype, with a SkypeIn number, so if Gizmo ever has a problem, Google Voice will also call me on my Skype number, and on my Pre.

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  5. You need a MID Kevin – not a second android cell phone.

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    1. Point of clarification — I need a MID that will act as a cell phone when I need it to. ;) And if I buy the Nexus One, it wouldn’t be my second Android cell phone, it would technically be my first. I have a SIM-less G1, but that was a hand-me-down from Om to test Android apps.

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      1. “Point of clarification — I need a MID that will act as a cell phone when I need it to”

        –> Nokia n900 :)

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  6. I believe that 4G plans of most carriers will use LTE which is a DATA ONLY service (NO VOICE) just like WiMAX 4G by Clearwire, so VOIP is definitely the future. Looks like Skype was way ahead of its time. VOICE NETWORKS ARE DEAD !

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  7. I agree with Kevin (…it could be the beginning of the end for cellular voice plans) but not only because of Google. I’ve been a Vonage customer since 2002 and a Skype customer since 2003. Those services have saved me a lot of money over the years, but they couldn’t really replace a cell phone. But looking back over 2009 several interesting things happened in my world:

    1) My use of Skype has gone way up. Suddenly almost everyone I know is using Skype and they call me on that whenever possible. Is the economy forcing people to save money? Is ubiquitous, free Wi-Fi making Skype more practical? My Nokia N800 makes a very nice Skype phone when I’m at a coffee shop and didn’t bring a notebook.

    2) I canceled 3 of my 4 Vonage lines. This is partly due to #1, but mostly because of #3. So it’s not only cell phone companies that have to worry about the coming changes.

    3) I got Google Voice, which lets me manage my calls better and consolidate some numbers. GV has been very reliable and about 90% of my incoming business calls are now via GV.

    4) Sprint’s new unlimited any-cell-to-any-cell feature has dramatically reduced the number of “billable” cell phone minutes we use. This was a pretty aggressive move and I think other carriers will be forced to match Sprint.

    On our Sprint plan we already had unlimited data, and now virtually unlimited voice, so the future is already here.

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  8. whatever happened to the Droid? lol. hope it enjoyed its 15 minutes.

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  9. I am confused? Don’t many nokia phones already support SIP stacks which is true VOIP? Voice only cellphone prices are going wayyyy down. On AT&T pre-paid there is $60/month unlimited talk and unlimited text. That’s the price. No subscription. No taxes and fees.

    Someone calculated the amount of data needed to use your cellphone as a VOIP unlimimted and it gets up there. It is possible if you use your phone like that and you do a lot of browsing you can go over your 5GB or 10GB limit. That being said, the $40/month plan on T-Mobile I heard is going to be $10 more in January so if you want it on that rate, go get it.

    One last thing, if you don’t have 3G signal you can’t do most of the VOIP. It just won’t work on EDGE so I assume T-Mobile’s 3G map is much smaller than AT&T’s 3G map and as the Verizon commericals show…they are not so ubiquitous.

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