There is much speculation surrounding the CDMA version of the Nexus One, which is slated to hit Verizon by Spring 2010. Early last week we reported that the N1 had cleared the FCC, and that sources were suggesting a March 23rd launch date (which lines up with CTIA 2010).
BGR is now reporting (and when I say reporting, I mean sharing the rumor love) that based on a few emails exchanged between "some curious customers and some rather knowledgeable [Verizon] reps," it's reasonable to believe that Verizon has started training employees on the N1, and in addition to being sold online by Google, it will also be sold in Verizon retail stores.
If the rumors are true (and I'm hesitant to say Google is ready to jump ship this early in the game), this is a considerable deviation from Google's original plan to change the way consumers purchase cell phones. On the other hand, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that in recent news, Goldman Sachs reported to WSJ that:
"Google's initial sales figures were disappointing and that it is expecting Google to sell just 1 million Android-powered Nexus Ones this year. That's down from the original 3.5 million in sales the firm first projected."
If ever there was a reason to change a plan, I suppose the prospect of failing to meet forecasted sales is a good one. Perhaps (and again this is assuming that the rumor is in fact true) this is Google's way of offering an option that will please both consumers and shareholders, in an effort to eliminate any possible "disappointment."
We're not far away from the rumored Nexus One launch date; that being said, are you gearing up to make your purchase then? Sound off in the comments!