Dec 15 AT 9:33 PM Taylor Wimberly 15 Comments

Nexus One limited to T-Mobile 3G in the U.S.

Localytics, a mobile applications analytics service, has published some interesting findings about the Nexus One. Their software tracks data from Android applications and they began noticing the Nexus One show up in their reports last month. The phone first appeared on November 25 and the number of sessions began to increase after Google handed out the phone to their employees on December 11.

Number of hits for the Nexus One.

Number of hits for the Nexus One.

We already speculated the device would work on T-Mobile USA’s 3G network after seeing the FCC documents, but some were still hoping the device might also support AT&T’s 3G bands.

According to Localytics, most of the Nexus One phones are being used with T-Mobile 3G. There were also a couple of Googlers using the new phone with their AT&T SIM cards, but they were limited to only Edge data. Note that all the sightings have been over GSM networks and not CDMA. We heard rumors a CDMA version of the Nexus One was also in the works, but it appears that device is a ways off.

The complete notes from Localytics:

  • The heaviest usage has been on T-Mobile in the US, over both Edge and UMTS (3G)
  • All usage on AT&T was over Edge; inline with reports that 3G support is limited to the 1700 Mhz band used by T-mobile in the US.
  • The Nexus One is already appearing on networks outside of the US, with traffic coming from countries including Australia, Germany and the Netherlands–and some of those connections are 3G.
  • The most recent devices are running the ERD72, ERD56C and ERD65 versions of Android 2.1.
  • Verizon and Sprint subscribers will likely have to wait as all usage so far has been over GSM-based operators.

[Thank you Jordan for the tip]

Source: Localytics Blog

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  • damianh05

    I cant wait to have this phone in my HTC loving hands.

  • William

    sweet. all they have to do is leak the price and i can decide whether this will be my phone or not- or whether i will have to get a job or not. :D

  • Rome

    So this truly is not the “Google Phone” as initially speculated. It is merely the next “with Google” phone. That’s okay though. I am still pissing my pants with anticipation

  • http://Website Kandye

    I wish it had a physical keyboard,(sigh) oh well, I will have to decide to wait on another phone with a physical keyboard or get this phone. What do I do, what do I do?

    • http://Website jerbear

      I think this will be the first phone where I try to do without a hard qwerty. I have an iTouch and typing annoys the crap out of me compared to the HTC and Pam phones I’ve always used. Still, these phones have larger screens and double the resolution of iPods/iPhones so maybe it will be a little easier with practice. Likewise, I may be willing to choose a phone with a virtual keyboard if the other specs are much higher than other options with hard keyboards. I know the Droid has similar specs and a hard kb but I will only really consider Sprint and TMo due to price.

  • Rome

    @Kandye HTC has banished the physical keyboard from their 2010 roadmap phones. In trade, all their phones will have 3.5 mm headset jacks. But Snapdragon??? Why would you possibly consider waiting?

  • codethief

    @Kandye: That is exactly the question that is plagueing me, too.

  • http://Website Ice Jakal

    If SWYPE is going to work as advertised and reviewed, the physical keyboard means nothing to me now.  Have you watched a demo yet…………….SSWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTT

  • Juan

    No physical keyboard?? I have yet to find a softkeyboard that can keep up with the speed of my thumbs! LOL! Hopefully snapdragon improves this.

    • http://Website Derek

      Then you havent typed on the iphone’s virtual keyboard plain and simple, its the best keyboard around. By far, its worlds better than the crappy physical keyboard on the droid, what a piece of crap that is. And the android virtual keyboards blow too.

  • http://Website Derek

    This is a completely dumb move by Google. Limiting the nexus one phone to the smallest carrier will kill it before it even gets started.

    • http://Website Jesse

      I think people said something similar about Apple and the iPhone with AT&T…

      • http://Website Thomas

        I don’t think so. They really needed to allow for Verizon and ATT 3G subscribers off the line if they wanted to take on the iphone. I personally had my credit card out and was ready to purchase until I saw that it was edge only.

  • http://Website Ahmad

    I hope this is compatible with Wind in Canada too. We finally got a decent provider, and its about time we get a decent Android based phone. Wind uses the same Advanced Wireless Spectrum technology as T-Mobile, presumably using the same frequencies so unlocked phones should work.

  • http://Website Brennen

    Without a physical keyboard this is totally useless to me. I have tried Iphone, it does not work for me and many other people. This is the end for me and TMobile, Im sick of waiting for a decent product I can use.

    Verizon here I come.