Google cuts us a small break

Google reduces equipment recovery fee for Nexus one to $150.

It still will cost you, but not as much. James Martin/CNET

Though we're fond of the Nexus One as a cell phone, Google's extra "recovery fee" remains one of our complaints . Yes, we understand how phone subsidies and retailer commissions work, but the $350 charge plus the $200 T-Mobile early termination fee was more than the price of the unsubsidized model ($529).

It appears that Google is listening. The Wall Street Journal reported today that Google changed its terms of service on January 28. You'll still be paying a recovery fee, but Google has reduced it to $150. We still wonder exactly what an "equipment recovery fee" covers, but we appreciate the $200 break.

We can't take credit for the change, but we suppose that the FCC's new interest in ETFs played a role.

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Senior Managing Editor Kent German leads the CNET Reviews editors in San Francisco. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he still writes about the wireless industry and occasionally his passion for commercial aviation.

 

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