AT&T Wants Nexus One Users' Cash

LAS VEGAS -- 2010 International CES -- If you want to use your unlocked Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Nexus One phone on AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s GSM network, go right ahead... Ma Bell will allow it, as the carrier plots its own fleet of Android phones for 2010. (See Open & Unlocked. So What?)

"We have always allowed customers to bring their unlocked, compatible GSM devices, and we will sell them a plan," an AT&T spokesperson tells Unstrung in an email reply to questions. "We can't, of course, guarantee how the device will perform since it hasn't been certified for use on the AT&T network."

Well, we do know for sure that the Nexus One on AT&T's network won't achieve the maximum 3G data download speeds that it could on rival T-Mobile US Inc. 's network. Google has already said that the phone, which was designed and made by High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498), doesn't support the radio frequencies needed to get on AT&T's High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA), leaving users on the older, slower technology of EDGE. (See Nexus One Won't Support AT&T's Fastest 3G Data Services.)

Nonetheless, users who decide to try the Nexus One on AT&T will be among the vanguard of Android users on that network. Yesterday evening in Vegas, AT&T executives finally confirmed long-standing rumors that it will offer Android phones this year. (See AT&T: Five Androids in 2010.)

The carrier says it will offer five Android phones in 2010. This is part of a push to offer consumers the "most robust choices" of major mobile operating systems, the carrier said.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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