Google to Sell Own Mobile Phone via T-Mobile
Reports are circling that Google plans to sell their own brand of mobile phone with two versions - one that will be contracted through T-Mobile in the US and another that is unlocked so that users can choose their own mobile service provider. The cellphone has a few code names already (Nexus One, HTC Passion and Dream), and it could be made available directly through Google’s website starting as soon as January 5. On Saturday, Google posted from their official blog that they are testing a new mobile device with their employees.
The intended plan is to sell a touchscreen phone that runs on Google’s Android operating system and is similar to the iPhone from Apple Inc, except includes a larger screen, an exchangeable battery and allows users to add a memory card. This is a new and potentially risky strategy, as a major amount of phones in the US are sold through wireless carriers. However, the company is trying to gain control over the features they are able to offer on the product without bending the rules of wireless providers. Plus, they are also looking to get mobile providers to sell the device in their stores and online.
It’s also been reported that the product uses GSM technology, which would mean that only T-Mobile and AT&T customers in the US will be able to use the unlocked version of the phone anyway. The rumor is that this decision came after Verizon Wireless rejected proposals to help push the new phone. But this isn’t too surprising, as Verizon is already pushing an Android handset, called the Droid, which is being produced by Motorola.