When Google launched its HTC built Nexus One just under two weeks ago they had hoped to see strong sales, this has not been the case, with only 20,000 units being sold in its first week. With this in mind, T-Mobile has now cut the upgrade price in the hope of enticing more customers to make the switch to the first Google-branded cell phone.
The upgrade price for the Google Nexus One was $379 with the T-Mobile data plan, but it has now been reduced to $279, that’s a saving of $100. If you are a new user, then you will still have to pay $180 for the device, but it shows that T-Mobile are now desperate to try and shift more units.
To give you an idea of just how poor those results are, V3.co.uk reports that Vodafone sold more than 50,000 iPhone 3GS smartphones on its first day of launch in the UK last week. This shows that although the Apple device is now 6 months old, it can still hold its own when new handsets are released.
There are a number of reasons why the Nexus One has not done as well as hoped, and research firm Flurry believes that one of them is due to all the hype before its release. Bloggers were all saying how great the new smartphone was going to be, but when the phone was released it fell short of those expectations.
This is a huge blow to Google and its future handsets, it seems that no one is able to take on Apple’s smartphone and with a new iPhone 4G model rumored to be released in 2010, this could create more pain for its challengers.