Gizmodo broke the story with Nexus One site screenshots (Click on Gizmodo image to the left to enlarge) that show the phone on sale for two prices: a subsidized T-Mobile edition for $180 or an unsubsidized version for $530. Choosing the lower-priced option will rope you into a 2-year commitment with T-Mobile and relegate you into the "Even More" plan, which includes 500 minutes of talk and unlimited text and Web for roughly $80 a month. If you have a pre-existing single-line plan with T-Mobile that's cheaper than Even More: tough. But if you do have a cheaper plan, you might consider spending the $530 up front and possibly saving money over the course of time.
Google and T-Mobile also invented a way to get at the throats of early plan-cancellers. "If you cancel your plan before 120 days, you have to pay the subsidy difference between what you paid and the unsubsidized price, so $350 in this case. Or you can return the phone to Google. You also authorize them to charge this directly to your credit card," wrote Gizmodo. In a way it's a solid deterrent against people who think they're clever enough to get an unsubsidized phone for $180, but still sounds a bit harsh.
Some other unconfirmed tidbits:
- You can only purchase a total of 5 Nexus One phones per Google account
- Family plans, Flexpay, SmartAccess and KidConnect subscribers must buy the phone unlocked and unsubsidized for $530
- Language in the TOS implies shipping availability outside of the U.S.
Engadget snagged a PDF copy of the TOS, if you want to read it in its entirety.
At $530, an unlocked Nexus One sounds a little steep, but the high price tag shouldn't affect early adopters and Google fanatics who have been salivating at the prospect of the company's first smartphone.