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The Verizon version of Google’s Nexus One reportedly appeared and then disappeared from Google’s online store. It revealed a $199 contract price, which sounds in line, but even the full price compares well to other contract-free handsets on Verizon’s network.

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You might want to take this with a grain of salt, but the Google Nexus One sales site reportedly showed the Nexus One on Verizon’s network very briefly this weekend, per Android Central. A forum enthusiast member grabbed a screen cap, which of course is under scrutiny since Google’s online store isn’t showing availability of the phone for Verizon. But this wouldn’t be the first time that Google let an almost live link slip out when it comes to the Nexus One. The original support links made a brief appearance prior to any announcement, disappeared and then reappeared. That doesn’t set a precedent though, so we’ll have to see if any official news comes down the pike.

What’s interesting in the screen shot is the alleged pricing — $199  for the phone and a new 2-year plan. That would be $20 more than the subsidized T-Mobile version, indicating that Google brokered a different subsidy agreement with Verizon. I suppose that’s possible, but regardless, I wouldn’t expect to see the no-contract price be any different from the $529 Google charges for the GSM models. And that’s actually something I hadn’t thought about — how does that compare to other Verizon handsets available at full price for month-to-month use. Not bad it turns out — here are current prices for unsubsidized phones, direct from Verizon:

  • Motorola Droid  = $559.99
  • HTC Imagio = $579.99
  • HTC Touch Pro2 = $489.99
  • Palm Pre Plus = $599.99
  • Motorola Devour = $479.99

When you look at these options, a $529 Nexus One from Google would be right in line. And a potential $199 price tag for a contract device is too. The question remains: when is it coming? I fully expected Google to take the wind out of everyone’s sails at CTIA by debuting this model — and so did two-thirds of you in our poll — but it turns out, it didn’t have to. Most of the big news was about other hot Android devices coming later this year. Perhaps Google will attempt to blunt iPad-mania late this week with a Nexus One for the largest carrier in the U.S.?

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  1. Nice photoshop job.

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  2. hmmmm. if this person saw it, and was obviously is eager to purchase one, y didn’t they just order it? i know i would of, and so would all of yall. fake hopes, they trying to hoodwink us. if anyone gets any “credible” news, please post.

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    1. Have any of you actually checked out google’s website yourselves yet? It says right now “Verizon coming Spring 2010″ Go check it out!

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      1. Yeah it’s been that way for ever

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  3. I wonder why iPad and more notebooks don’t have Gobi? Then we could have data on any of the networks. Perhaps Gobi is too power hungry, or too expensive.

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  4. is it true cuz Google’s website still says nexus one verzion coming soon so when it will come or in verizon store i really wanna get it

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  5. Im sure the N1 will come out early april, maybe even by the end of this week. Im thinking thursdy or friday. The 31st is the last day for the promotion Verizon is currently running of buying one smartphone and getting a second one free. So there is no way the N1 will come out till after the 31st. And I agree that the editor of this article is right, “Perhaps Google will attempt to blunt iPad-mania late this week with a Nexus One for the largest carrier in the U.S.?” It sounds very plausable. Crossing my fingers.

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  6. PersonWhoDon'tLie Monday, March 29, 2010

    Sorry to say…..but the indent of the T-Mobile to Verizon is all wrong if you would compare the indents with the different networks on the Google website.

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  7. aka Poor Photoshop Job

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  8. why separate sprint and verizon versions? unlike AT&T and t-mobile both sprint and verizon use the same frequency bands. i would love to see an unsubsidized CDMA model sold without any carrier lock to be purchased full price and than used on sprint, verizon, cricket, metroPCS or any other CDMA carrier.

    this would make an even bigger statement than selling an unlocked GSM phone i believe it wold be the first ever CDMA phone market in the USA that way.

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  9. E-mail reply from Verizon about Nexus One Release Date

    I certainly understand your concern. My name is Jones and I am unable to provide information regarding which equipment is being considered or approximate release dates, as this may raise expectations that may not be met.

    Although we do not have the handset you are looking for at this time, I invite you to view our current phone selection as a possible alternative. To view available equipment, please click on the following link, which will direct you the “Products” page of our website:

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/products

    You may also receive free e-mail updates as to when new products and services are available. To receive your free e-mail update, please click on the following link to view the “E-mail Updates” page of our website:

    Be the First to Know

    There are several wireless phones being tested for functionality and reliability with our network. Verizon Wireless will not offer a product or service unless it meets the high standards our customers have come to expect. Verizon Wireless is constantly improving the services, features, and wireless phones we offer to our customers for their communication needs.

    Jesus, I appreciate the valuable time you have taken to contact us regarding our phones. I want you to know that we appreciate your business and thank you for your continuous loyalty. Should you have additional questions, please call us at 1-800 -922-0204 or reply to this email, and we will address those for you.

    Sincerely,

    Jones
    Verizon Wireless
    Customer Service

    Thanks a bunch Jones!

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  10. If you type in “nexus” into the search box on verizon’s website it takes you DIRECTLY to http://www.google.com/phone!
    Does this mean something??? If so, I am excited!

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    1. It really does take you directly to the Nexus1 order site when you type it into Verizon’s wireless search box. That makes me happy.

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