You are absolutely right. I should have clarified that if users wanted the Nexus One at the discounted cost by going through a "partnered" carrier (for lack of a better term) that Verizon and Sprint would be able to offer the phone at the discounted cost with a 2-year contract agreement.
And I totally agree re: the 3G.
For more info, visit www.google.com/phone.
CORRECTION: Sprint is not the other "partnered" carrier. It is vodaphone in Europe.
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