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According to several sources, Google is preparing to roll out the red carpet for the Nexus One smartphone, the first phone to be sold exclusively by Google.  A recently leaked memo says that the phone is due out in early January and now the date has been set - January 5th.  That's when Google has scheduled "an Android press gathering," with demonstrations.  Nexus One could be available to consumers that same day.

The leaked memo comes from T-Mobile, who is reportedly working with Google and officially supporting the device.  Here's a transcript of the memo obtained by BGR:

"Google, with support from T-Mobile, is scheduled to launch a new Android device in early January. The Google Android phone will be sold directly by Google via the Web.  Support for the device including troubleshooting and exchanges will be managed by Google and HTC. T-Mobile will offer service support including billing, coverage, features, and rate plans.  Additional details Streamline content regarding the launch of Google’s Android phone will be coming in early January."

Gizmodo says Google, in the spirit of openness, will sell their phone in either an unlocked mode, in which customers can choose their carrier, or with a T-Mobile contract.  The catch is the pricing.  According to Gizmodo's source, it costs $530 for an unlocked Nexus One.  With a T-Mobile contract, the phone is subsidized, costing only $180.  The source also says there's only one rate plan that's about $80.  

With the Droid being only a few months old, Motorola might be unhappy that Google has possibly found a new flagship phone for the Android OS.  Gizmodo says they've already gotten their hands on the Nexus One.  They said, "It's thin, it's fast, it's better in every way."  According to Gizmodo's source, you can only buy five Nexus One phones per Google Account.  

Nexus One may not be the only announcement at Google's Tuesday press conference.  An Android OS announcement could accompany the Nexus One unveiling.  Google may start selling the phone as early as Tuesday morning on google.com/phone.

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