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Eris or Nexus One?

First off let me say, I've been roaming around this forum since I got my Eris a little more than 2 weeks ago, all the advice you guys have given throughout the threads has been unbelievably helpful.

I consider myself to be pretty good with computers and smartphones. (I'm also one of the few holding out for the OTA). But something interesting happened to me tonight.

I won a contest and will be receiving a brand new Nexus One in the mail in the next few days. With just buying the ERIS I signed a brand new 2 year contract with Verizon. The rumor is Verizon will be working with the Nexus One (officially released, whatever you want to call it) by the end of March.

Even though the Nexus One is "unlocked", I won't be able to use it with Verizon until they make it official right? And when that happens, I should make the move, work the with Nexus One, and do whatever I please with the Eris?

I'm looking to the people who helped me get started with the Eris for advice on this one. I trust your suggestions, will be anxious to hear what you guys and girls have to say. :cool:
 
Well, different carriers have systems built on different technologies. T-Mobile and AT&T use something called GSM, while Sprint and Verizon use CDMA. The vast majority of phones only have chipsets to support one of the two systems.

The version of the Nexus 1 that is currently available has the GSM chipset, so it will work on T-mobile and AT&T only. The CDMA version of the Nexus hasn't yet been released.
 
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This phone is coming to you "unlocked", correct? Not for just T-Mobile? You can sell it for a lot more unlocked, where you will be able to use it on any GSM network. Of course, some of the features may be missing, but...you won't be on T-Mobile's EDGE.

The Eris is great, but if you want a Nexus One, T-Mobile is great. You've got the phone, so you don't have to pay for it with or without a contract. You won't a contract. You buy one of those "non-commitment" plans, where you can leave at any time, and just use it until something comes along that you like. Sell the N1. Pretty sure it'll be a hot commodity even this Christmas, when VZW has had it for a while and people that haven't heard of it now will have heard of it then and be anxious to get one.
 
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Thus the progression goes: excitement of winning a prize, happiness over newest phone, confusion over the Verizon issue, disappointment of not being able to use it, and finally acceptance and settling for turning a profit. ;)

What a rollercoaster of emotion!

If I were you, use it and keep it in immaculate condition. When the N1 is out for VZW, sell the sucker for some astronomical price, and use it to buy the equally ridiculously priced N1 off contract from VZW, and use that. Sell your Eris to make even more cash. When you want a new phone, simply sell the VZW N1 for a moderate amount, and buy another phone with that. It seems like an easy, simple choice for me.

Aren't no-contract plans actually cheaper than ones with contract? It doesn't make sense, I know, but I think I did remember seeing that.
 
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