Google Nexus One Coming To Sprint

It seems as though it is the week for Google Nexus One news. Yesterday Google began selling versions of the Nexus One that works on the AT&T and Rogers 3G data networks, increasing the number of carriers that the phone works with to three. Previously the phone only ran on T-Mobile’s 3G data network and at the launch Google said that versions of the phone will be available for Verizon Wireless and vodaphone in the spring. Today Sprint announced that the Nexus One will be available for their network soon. If Google is literal with their spring announcement, we could see versions for Verizon, Vodaphone, and maybe Sprint by next week.

What we have yet to see is the exact sales model for all the carriers. Right now you can only buy the Nexus One via Google’s web site, but it is possible the phone may be sold at carrier stores as well. Earlier this week we learned that the sales numbers for the Nexus One in the first 74 days are significantly less than sales of the Motorola Droid and iPhone for the same time span. Once Google’s plans are complete, you will be able to buy a Nexus One for every wireless carrier in the United States, while the Droid and iPhone only work with one U.S. carrier. It will be interesting to see whether the increase in availability across the carriers will have any affect on sales. Clearly more channels will increase sales, but I don’t think availability will be enough for significant increases. To see significant increases in sales of the Nexus One, there will need to be more marketing and ability for people to see the phone in person before buying.