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How to order the Google Nexus One?

So Google has finally opened the curtains to their new flagship Nexus One phone powered by the latest Android 2.1 OS. The unit sells for $529 with free shipping to anywhere in the US.

If you’re in the Philippines, then you’re out of luck since Google does not support our country. Our neighbors from Singapore and Hong Kong can get one straight into their doorsteps.

However, I did some simple work-around to order my own review unit.

nexus one

First, you need to get a US proxy IP address. I bought a 1-month pass for a private US IP for only $8 to make my transaction secure (I used ProxZ.com). Use that proxy on your browser (here’s a tutorial on how to configure proxy in your browser).

Now go to www.google.com/phone and order your Nexus One. It’s $529 for the unlock version ($179 for T-Mobile while Verizon and Vodafone will be available by spring). Google will allow you to have a laser engraving at the back for free but will take 72 hours longer before it’s shipped.

Next, you need a US, UK, Hong Kong or Singapore address to send the package. If you’re like me who wants it straight to your address here in the Philippines, you can try the service that I use which is MyUSMailBox (more details here).

nexus one

I reckon my additional charges for shipping and customs would be around Php3k based on previous shipments I’ve made thru this service. That should land me a total bill of Php28k for the whole thing.

The unit should in 2 weeks and I’ll be getting you a better look and full review asap.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

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  4. Avatar for Trish Trish says:

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  5. Avatar for rsa1 rsa1 says:

    finally it has opened…

    now, it will finally close…

  6. Avatar for Julius Julius says:

    Nah I just wait when Cherry Mobile or My Phone release their own Android based phones, that I will run to the stores to get and buy one! :-)

  7. Avatar for aidster aidster says:

    HTC desire is now available here in Singapore! im too tempted to get it! argh!

  8. Avatar for e30ernest e30ernest says:

    I’m planning to get 2 units through a friend who’s working in Hong Kong. Is it safe to have it shipped via LBC?

    Basically my plan is to reship it using the box they will ship with from Google with via LBC. Wrap nalang with LBC tape yung box. Mahaharang kaya sa customs ito?

  9. Avatar for aidster aidster says:

    get the HTC desire instead. :D

  10. Avatar for Marsan Marsan says:

    wait if i buy one here in the US right now.. does globe smart or sun work for nexus one.. does it work there in the philippines?

  11. Avatar for Chris Chris says:

    I find the nexus one to be a little overpriced. There are websites that say I can get a free nexus one (like http://nexusone.e7h.net ). Does anybody know if these are legit?

  12. Avatar for John Michael John Michael says:

    I got my N1 early this week. Im enjoying it but still does not connect to the internet via GPRS. I still need to input the APN values for SMART. May I ask the help of those who knows the APN values for SMART to kindly share me the details. Thanks

  13. Avatar for John Michael John Michael says:

    I mean it is still cheaper than buying it here in the Philippines for PHP33k.

  14. Avatar for John Michael John Michael says:

    @ oliver b

    I guess I’m luckier by a dollar man. Had mine also shipped to NC, was taxed USD41 making the total amount to USD570. Cheaper still if we bought it here in the Philippines at PHP33k.

  15. Avatar for oliver b oliver b says:

    I’m currently in the US on Military schooling and I bought the phone online just in time for my wife’s Bday

    here is what you usually see on the online transaction with google.

    Google Phone Webstore shipped your order. Have questions? Contact Google Phone Webstore. Feb 27 Google Phone

    Webstore shipped your order.
    Track FedEx package Noxx316537579x
    Feb 27 Google Phone Webstore has added new tracking data to your order.
    Track FedEx package Noxx316537579x
    Feb 27 Google Phone Webstore charged your VISA xxx-xx05 for $571.32. “GOOGLE Nexus One” will appear on your

    billing statement.
    Feb 26 Google Phone Webstore received your order.
    Feb 26 You successfully updated your payment for this order to VISAxxx-xx05.
    Feb 26 An attempt to charge $571.32 to VISA xxx-xx05 failed. You must update your payment information within 7 days

    or your order will be cancelled.
    Feb 26 You placed an order with Google Phone Webstore on Feb 26. Google Checkout sent a copy of this receipt to (removed)
    as a piece of advice choose to buy it on a state that charges no tax. because i did not know that north carolina

    charges 42 dollar for state tax.

    however the total cost is around 26K . it was ok

    my wife has now the superphone N1. she’s very eager to get her phone

    ps sorry for the xxxxx just for security

  16. Avatar for Aidster Aidster says:

    I suggest you guys wait for the HTC Desire, it’s rumored to be cheaper than N1 but got better specs :D

    but still… nothing beats having google logo printed at the back of your phone :D

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