Wal-Mart Prepares to Sell Nexus One

Google's decision to exclusively sell the Nexus One may be short-lived.

Wal-Mart Stores has created a page on its wireless Web site featuring the Nexus One. It says the device is "coming soon," but does not include pricing information.

The blog AndroidandMe spotted the page, which is still live at the time this story posted.

Google did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Wal-Mart page indicates that the Nexus One may soon become available for use on other networks besides T-Mobile. It says that the phone works on UMTS/HSDPA (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System/High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) as well as 1xRTT and 1xEvDO. That means the phone could operate on the Verizon and Sprint networks.

While Google is selling the phone unlocked to users willing to pay US$530, the phone will only operate on 3G on T-Mobile's network. Unlocked phones will make and receive phone calls and deliver slower data speeds on AT&T's network. The current Nexus One phones won't work on the Verizon or Sprint networks.

When Google introduced the Nexus One in early January, it said that it would be available exclusively through the Google online store initially. The search giant had hoped to jump-start the market for unlocked phones sold without a subsidy. But it quickly became apparent that Google was not prepared to offer the kind of customer support that phone buyers expect.

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