Google touts AT&T compatible Nexus One

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Google has announced an AT&T compatible version of its Nexus One smartphone.

"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," Google confirmed in an official statement.

Google touts AT&T compatible Nexus One"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. [But] 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."

Google's latest move could help the Mountain View-based company jumpstart lackluster shipments of the Nexus One - which have only amounted to a disappointing 135,000 units during the first 74 days on the market.

In contrast, Apple sold a whopping 1 million of its first-generation iPhone in the same period, while Motorola offloaded 1.05 million of its Droid handsets.

"As Google and Apple continue to battle for the mobile marketplace, Google Nexus One may go down as a grand, failed experiment or one that ultimately helped Google learn something that will prove important in years to come. Apple's more vertically integrated strategy vs. Google's more open Android platform approach offer strengths and weaknesses that remind us of PC vs. Mac from the 1980's," explained Peter Farago of Flurry analytics.

"A key difference this time around is that Apple is enjoying much more 3rd party developer support, whose innovative applications push the limits of what the hardware can do. Ultimately, however, developers support hardware with the largest installed base first. For Android to make progress faster, from a sales perspective, it needs more Droids and fewer Nexus Ones going forward."