If you were thinking about getting yourself one of Google’s [GOOG] new smartphones, the Google Nexus one, you may want to think again, as ArsTechnica are reporting that early termination fees on the Nexus One are high.
If you purchase a Nexus One on a T-Mobile two year contract, the handset is going to cost you $179, plus your monthly contract fee, but if you decide to cancel your contract early, you will have to pay an early termination feed to Google as well as T-Mobile.
For the pleasure of canceling your contract early, within the first 120 days of the contract, Google will charge you an ‘Equipment Recovery Fee’, of $350, on top of this you will have to pay an early termination fee to T-Mobile of $200, that makes a total of $550 in early cancellation fees, plus the cost of your handset which is $179, bringing the total up to $729.
This is considerably more than the $529 it costs to purchase the Google Nexus One without a contract, exactly $200 more, so if there is any chance you are going to cancel your contract within the first 120 days you may be better off purchasing the SIM free model.
via Ars Technica