Google Nexus One 'not a gamble'

8 February 2010 — 11:21 AM

Mobile recycling could allow consumers to get the Google Nexus One

Google's decision to sell the Nexus One handset itself is not too much of a gamble, experts have said.

According to mobile applications analytics company Flurry, the Google Nexus One was outsold by its competitors in launch week. The Motorola DROID sold more than 12 times the number of Google's device, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G sold three times more and the Apple iPhone 3GS sold 80 times more.

Conrad Longmore, editor at Mobile Gazette, said: "Selling handsets SIM-free is not a threat to carriers, especially as many carriers now offer SIM-only contracts where the customer can use whatever unlocked phone they like."

He added that one disadvantage for consumers is that selling it this way does tend to make it more expensive.

The handset could encourage some people to trade in their used phones in order to receive cash towards an upgrade.

However, according to IDG News Service, Google is facing some problems with customers who are unsure where to find help if a problem occurs with their handset.

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