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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Kent German leads CNET's How To coverage and is the senior managing editor of CNET Magazine. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he started in San Francisco and is now based in the London office. When not at work, he's planning his next trip to Australia, going for a run, or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).

 

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