Update (01/26): Walmart has issued a response to this article.
I predicted Walmart would sell the “Google Phone” back in October and it appears to have come true. We just spotted a Google Nexus One holding page over on the Walmart Wireless site. I’m not that surprised Walmart is planning to sell the Nexus One since they have carried almost everyone Android phone to date, but we found some interesting information buried in the the specs.
Under network technology, we see that the phone supports both 1xEvDO (Sprint and Verizon 3G) and UMTS/HSDPA 850/1900 (AT&T 3G). Google previously stated the Nexus One would be coming to Verizon, but this is the first time we have seen AT&T 3G bands supported.
Now on to the juicy rumor that is almost too good to be true. A small time blog Phone Inferno is claiming that Walmart could offer the Nexus One for as low as $99 with a 2yr agreement. This is cheaper than the $179 subsidized price with a T-Mobile contract, but Walmart might have used their pull to negotiate a special deal with Google.
I’m having a real hard time swallowing the $99 price, but I guess anything is possible. We know AT&T is going to launch five Android devices and I guess we can now count the Nexus One as one of those.
Believable? What do you guys think?