When Google launched its Nexus One phone back in January, it offered two versions: a carrier-subsidized version that worked with T-Mobile and an unlocked version that could accommodate SIM cards from other carriers. Unless, like AT&T, those carriers used different frequencies for their 3G networks. Well, now that problem is solved: Google is now offering a version of the Nexus One that works with AT&T’s 3G network, as well as Rogers Wireless in Canada. The new version is available as an unlocked device without a service plan; users will need to bring their own SIM card and service to the phone. And, as before, the unlocked Nexus One runs $529. In addition, Google will now ship the Nexus One to Canada.
The move may clear the way for more Nexus One sales: although iPhone users are notoriously unhappy with AT&T’s network availability and capacity, it does offer more 3G coverage than T-Mobile. In addition, the ability purchase Nexus Ones that operate on 850/1900/2100 MHz 3G/UMTS bands may appeal to international customers who want to use the Nexus One on other carriers around the world.
Both the T-Mobile and AT&T-compatible versions of the Nexus one use four GSM frequencies (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), so they can offer phone service on most GSM operators around the world.