Behold Google's Nexus One. The device manufacturer is HTC and the phone features Android 2.1, Google's mobile OS. Initially available on T-Mobile's network as well as unlocked. Google said the phone will also become available from Verizon in April as well. Customers can buy the phone now on a new Google Web page . It costs $530 unlocked, or $179 with a T-Mobile contract.
Offering the phone unlocked is a significant move by Google because it opens the door for a wave of web based phones to follow suit. The anticipation is that an open phone with a sophisticated web browser will yield more revenues from apps and other media to help supplement the cost of voice and data plans. It's a new model that will soon become popular.
Mobile commerce is still in it's infancy but this is a BIG step forward for the mobile community. Everybody is looking for an Iphone killer but that's not what this is about. We're interested to see how this model evolves.