Dec 14th, 2009

Warning: This is a rumor and ONLY a rumor coming from an anonymous source through AndroidAndMe and should be taken as just that – a rumor.

piggy-bankGoogle is clearly hoping to do some “different” things with the Nexus One Google Phone, especially in terms of altering the status quo in terms of distribution. If their efforts are to be successful though, the phone will have to be affordable. It might cost $199 without the need to sign any carrier contract according to the A&M rumor.

Would that do the trick for you? Here is exactly what the tipster had to say:

1.) It’s going to be $199, subsidized by Google. That is pretty game changing from a cell phone sales perspective. Sounds like Google is going to make a big push to get a good Android handset into as many people’s hands as possible.

2.) They are apparently working on some new 3D UI elements for Android.

3.) GSM at first, CDMA version will follow.

Meanwhile, ABC News is reporting that the Nexus One will be made available through T-Mobile as early as January 5th which is right around the corner. Could that $199 be a price only for those signing up through T-Mobile? If so, who would be subsidizing the device? Could it possibly be $199 without any contract?

At what price point would you make the plunge and call yourself an owner of the world’s first “Google Phone”?

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