Un-Locked or Tmobile. (TMobile carrier)

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    Un-Locked or Tmobile. (TMobile carrier)

    Hello all.
    I have Tmobile. Should I buy an ulocked AT&T or specifically look for a Tmobile? Is there any difference?

    Thanks, Jeremy

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    The AT&T version won't support 3G on T-Mobile.

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    Buying the Nexus One unlocked is probably the best choice..
    Prior to the official announcement of the Google Nexus One there was a huge amount of hype surrounding the device and as I stated, there looked to be nothing special with this “Google phone” compared to any other Android device and pricing was no surprise and just what was expected. The actual device is fantastic and is currently the best Android device available as I talked about in my initial impressions and with such a powerful device I couldn’t resist and bought my own unlocked one to use with T-Mobile. We are now hearing of some 3G connectivity issues (I can’t say I have noticed anything unusual myself) and concern about the compound ETF charged by both Google and T-Mobile USA.
    The unlocked price of $529 is typical across all carriers for smartphones without a contract so there are no surprises there. You can also buy the Nexus One at three other prices, but we are hearing that T-Mobile will charge an ETF while Google charges various return fees. If you had your Nexus One engraved there is also another $45 fee. I highly recommend you make sure you want a Nexus One and T-Mobile account before ordering a subsidized device or your fees may end up being higher than the $529 unlocked price. I have no plans to ever return the Nexus One since it is the best Android device available on T-Mobile USA and I am finding more and more I like about it every day.
    I still do not quite understand the whole idea behind Google selling the device directly and do not think it will appeal to the masses, especially since the masses have no idea who they go to for support. Do they call T-Mobile, Google, or HTC? The masses buy their phones in retail stores and in order for the Nexus One to do well I believe it needs to get into T-Mobile stores. Even if T-Mobile could setup a Nexus One station with a couple of devices to play with and a terminal to order a device I think it would do better. Can someone explain to me why Google would ever want to get into the retail sales game with the Nexus One where headaches with customer support are the order of the day?
    I was hoping Google would have something different to say when they made the Nexus One announcement, such as a free phone that was ad supported or free/low cost wireless service that was ad supported or something different than the same old thing like we have now. I guess they are being different by charging customers exorbitant fees for ever trying to leave.
    Source:Buying the Nexus One unlocked is probably the best choice | ZDNet

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    according to ebay, the n1 tmobile looks to sell a little cheaper. I am looking to buy used (its called a recession). If I buy a Tmobile g1 and want to get it unlocked later when I sell it, what does it cost?

    Also, I did see some static about some n1 not working well with tmobile g3. Is there real truth to that?

    Let me know if anyone wants to sell their n1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremy View Post
    If I buy a Tmobile g1 and want to get it unlocked later when I sell it, what does it cost?
    Depends how lucky you are, call up T-Mobile and ask for a code, they may give it to you gratis, if not then you'll probably just have to get a code from eBay or something. Wont cost much.

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    What? What code? To avoid the activation fee?

    I assume you live in the USA. Yes it is true you have to buy the TMo version for Tmo and the at&t version for at&t. There is no such thing as "unlocked" in the US (unless you enjoy edge service if you are using the opposing carrier). Every carrier uses different frequencies and the N1 cannot switch. Each version is carrier locked. Yes, tmo & at&t are both GSM, but their 3g is done on different frequencies.

    JK - perhaps you should have read the OP's post? Interesting opinion (although too long for me to actually read - paragraphs maybe?), but you didn't answer the question.

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    Double post ( wish you could delete posts)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingsCool View Post
    What? What code? To avoid the activation fee?
    I was referring to the part of his post about the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream)

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