Wow. Less than a month after the Nexus One made its public debut, it's already cheating on Catherine Zeta Jones.
Various sources are reporting that Google's attempt at an "iPhone killer" (at least, in the eyes of Uncle Steve) — originally sold either unlocked for full price or with a two-year T-Mobile plan for US$179 — is on its way to the other three cell carriers in the USA.
CNET dug up an FCC filing that would supplant its current GSM-only capabilities with circuitry to access WCDMA Bands I, II, and V — in plain English, the 3G network used by AT&T, several Canadian carriers, and a good chunk of Olde Europa to boot. That's gotta be raising the collective blood pressure at the House of Jobs.
Over at Sprint, Creepy Girl and her Palm Pre have every right to be nervous: according to Phone News, a Sprint customer asking customer service about Nexus availability on the Now Network was reported told by a rep "Unfortunately, this handset model is not on offer as of now. Once it is launched, you will see promotional campaigns related
to the launch date, cost and the features of the handset on our Web
site and other promotional media." Which is clearly NOT the same as "We ain't gonna offer it, not ever."
So what about Verizon, their techie nerd, and their maps? Why not ask Google directly? Go to the main Nexus One page at Google.com and click "Get Your Phone" — you'll see that a Verizon-flavored Nexus is "Coming soon in the United States." If you need something even sooner, there is this nice little Droid phone you might be interested in…
The lessons of Research in Motion ("a Crackberry for everybody!") have been learned well. So it really is going to boil down to an iPhone vs. Nexus battle: on one side, proprietary hard/software and carrier exclusivity — on the other, open system and availability on every network.
2010 could be the year that Everything Changes.