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Google Nexus One Hits AT&T, Rogers Wireless

Here’s something that might give a bit of juice to the evidently poor early sales of Google’s Nexus One smartphone: Availability on AT&T in the U.S. and on Rogers Wireless in Canada.

Today, Google rolled out a new version of the device that supports both quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band 850/1900/2100MHz UMTS and will run on AT&T’s 3G network and Rogers’s as well. Sadly, neither is available with a service contract, which means no subsidy.

So if you’re an AT&T (T) or Rogers customer and you’d like a Nexus One, you’ll have to pay the full unsubsidized price for it: $529. That will undoubtedly limit its popularity on both carriers. Still, an increase in distribution is an increase in distribution.

Nexus One now compatible with the AT&T 3G network and shipping to Canada

In early January, we announced the Nexus One, the first device sold through Google’s web store. The Nexus One is unlocked, which means you can use it with a SIM card from most GSM operators worldwide. Currently the device is compatible with most 3G networks, including T-Mobile in the US. However, there are some carriers that have different 3G frequencies, such as AT&T in the US and Rogers Wireless in Canada, so users with these SIM cards can only access 2G or EDGE networks on their Nexus One.

Starting today, an additional version of the Nexus One is available from the Google web store that is compatible with AT&T’s 3G network. This new model can be purchased as an unlocked device without a service plan. In addition to AT&T’s 3G network, this device will also run on Rogers Wireless in Canada. And like the first version of the Nexus One, it can be used with most GSM operators globally.

Additionally, Nexus One devices can now be shipped to Canada from Google’s web store, and will work with a SIM from Rogers Wireless.


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