Android developers can buy the Nexus One

If you’re a registered Android developer you can buy a Nexus One for $529 from here. Unfortunately, I don’t think you can even see what’s on that page if you’re not a registered developer so, to sign up, go to this page (you’ll have to sign in with the Google account you want to associate with your developer account) and pay $25.

The phone is SIM unlocked which means you can put a SIM from any provider in it and it should connect. it has 3 UMTS bands (900/AWS/2100 MHz), has GSM and EDGE bands (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz), comes with 2.2 installed but is not rooted, the bootloader is still locked and fastboot isn’t enabled so you’ll have to do some surgery if you want to load Cyanogenmod ROMs, for instance.

No, it’s not the state-of-the-art phone it was in January but about the only thing you’re missing, hardware-wise, is a bigger screen. And you have no allegiance to any carrier (well, in the US, you’re limited to AT&T and T-Mobile cuz they’re still the only ones using SIMs).


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