Any Reason to wait for AT&T 3G version of Nexus One if not planning to add data plan?
My next phone is going to be a Nexus One and have already made up my mind! Now I was just going to buy the Unlocked version that is currently available and use it on AT&T. I am fully aware that 3G will not work. Then I read up on it and looks like a 3G ready Nexus One for AT&T will be coming up in the next months. If I buy the current version, I'd probably skip the data plan for sure since I can't get the $15 plan anymore and have to pay $30 for Edge, which is just stupid. If I wait for the 3G AT&T Version, then I might consider a plan or might not.
My questions are, 1) If I am not planning to add a data plan (data is totally blocked on my line right now), is there any reason to wait for the AT&T 3G Nexus One?
2) Will the phone being in the 3G network improve the signal/reception and voice quality on Calls on 3G vs if I were to buy one know that is on 2G or 2.5G????
- 02-24-2010, 01:08 AM #2
- 02-24-2010, 09:08 AM #4
- 02-24-2010, 09:37 AM #5
3G is mostly the width of the data pipe, the only thing that would make for better calls (with currently deployed technology/existing phones) is additional towers. 3G data takes back end server technology (for GSM, probably CDMA but I'm less familiar there) that gets rolled out. So if you look at AT&T's data versus voice coverage, 3G is a subset; this is verified by folks talking about their dropping to edge/loss of 3G coverage - voice remains constant for either.
Your best bet to see what's most likely real is to watch FCC applications, as devices have to be certified. Do a search on this sites front page for "Nexus AT&T FCC". AT&T N1 appears to be going thru cert, so pretty likely, when is another question.
But now that AT&T has announce an Android phone and cracked the Android egg, others will come. Maybe it's the rumored "Desire" if AT&T can't work out the business support model Google likes, but they'll have something along the lines of N1 or Desire, if not one of them, by early summer.
- 02-24-2010, 12:55 PM #7
I also want to throw in there that you can add the data back onto your plan for cheaper than $30. If you call and say you want the data on your plan and you're just using a regular phone, then they will give you data for a dumbphone price, and then they can't force you to change it when you buy a Nexus One, since you're buying it under contract with them. I pay $20 a month for my data, because that's what I had before I bought my Nexus. So, if you decide to do that, you then have two choices: Is it worth it to get an unlocked Nexus and pay $20 (I have a friend who managed to catch a deal and only pays $15) for data on 2G? Or is it worth it to wait for the AT&T version, get 3G data, and pay the price? From my experience, the phone is fast enough to make up for what it lacks in 3G - I still get my emails just as fast, facebook and twitter load fast, and so does Google Maps. I have not had one problem - it is an amazing phone!
- 02-24-2010, 02:19 PM #8