Gizmodo got their hands on some more details of the soon to be released Nexus One Google Phone, while Google itself sent out invitations to a special Jan. 5 event (yes, that is in San Francisco during CES in Vegas).
The two are likely intertwined. Gizmodo got some more information besides the launch date on the new phone:
It will be sold for $529.99 unsubsidized. That is actually less than an iPhone at $199 if you concede that AT&T is paying Apple (and you are subsequently paying them pack) $450 for the iPhone 3GS.
T-Mobile will pick up $350 of the cost if you sign up for a two year plan -- though the transaction will be done through Google. The total subsidized price will be $179.99. That might convince Apple to drop the price of its 16GB iPhone.
There's only one rate plan: $39.99 Even More + Text + Web for $79.99 total. That's just a bit less than most iPhone or Droid contracts. T-Mobile is generally considered to have less robust a network than Verizon and to a lesser extent, AT&T.
Google also makes mention that HTC is the manufacturer of the phone -- and forced the consumer to recognize this in writing, not Google -- probably for liability reasons, or perhaps anti-trust issues with the US government.
Gizmodo also made mention that the phone was positioned for international releases. That's the beauty of an unlocked GSM phone. You can take it anywhere in the world and slip a sim in it and instantly have a localized phone.
It will be interesting to see how this model fares and if people are drawn to the unsubsidized price. If Nokia's lack of success trying this plan is any indication, Google might have their work cut out for them.