Google Phone Not A Game Changer

Capture_008On January 5th, Google held a press event to launch the much heralded Google Phone. After going through the details, there’s not much to get excited about (yet) from a personal finance perspective. While not yet available in Canada, the device is being sold directly by Google: $529USD unlocked (meaning you don’t have to lock into a contract and can choose which network to use it on with certain limitations) or $179USD with a two year contract with T-Mobile locking you in to pay $79.99USD per month. If you are an existing T-Mobile customer then the price of the phone increases to $279USD.

I know some people were hoping for the ability to only use the phone in wi-fi mode (to remove the requirement for a voice plan and only pay for a data plan) or to have Google offer a free plan in exchange for serving up ads on the screen – which I would be fine with. Free rocks!

Oh well – guess we’ll have to wait some more. :)

Preet Banerjee
Preet Banerjee an independent consultant to the financial services industry and a personal finance commentator. You can learn more about Preet at his personal website and you can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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  • Tax preparer

    Game changing by Google phone… is not possible..interesting post..
    Thanks for the post..

  • Jimmy Kibler

    I would like to see one of these phones but I understand they can only be ordered online. Does anyone know what advanage the google phone has over the iphone?

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