Google released it’s first phone the Nexus One phone on January 5 for sale via it’s webstore however with the restriction that only four countries could purchase it (USA, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK). Google won’t confirm when Australia will be able to purchase but it’s likely to be later this year and revolves around a deal with Vodafone.
There are a number of ways to purchase the phone if you’re in one of the many countries that are not able to purchase and whilst I will specifically deal with importing this into Australia the same process applies. Of course you can purchase from ebay and other similar places however expect to pay a significant premium over the USD$529 price from Google.
Step 1 – Find a US based proxy so you can place your order, Google restrict ordering via both IP address and delivery address. Free proxies are often used by fraudsters so may see your order cancelled, your Google account suspended and create delays. I used a proxy called xroxy, the premium proxy offers a three day trial and if you cancel in this time you are not charged anything. Total outlay $0.
Step 2 – Find a company that will forward the package to you. I used a company called MyUS based in Florida which meant I had to pay sales tax (see details below) and their reshipping cost was higher than a few other companies but they did come recommended. A few problems arose, one was it took time to authenticate my card so my phone was delayed by a day, customer service was both good and bad in my experience and of course the cost issue. Total cost to sign up is USD$10. Another option (and there are some very satisfied customers now) is ComGateWay who charge no signup fee and their shipping price is a little cheaper plus no sales tax in their state. See my Package Forwarding Companies page for more details.
Step 3 – Using the US based proxy above navigate to the webstore and purchase the phone using the package forwarding companies address and their phone. Two lines of engraving are available for free but this can delay the shipment and affect resale value depending on what you put there. Shipped cost in the USA is USD$529.
Step 4 – Wait for the confirmation from your Package Reshipping company and dispatch the parcel.
Step 5 – Enjoy the phone!
The total cost of the order came to USD$642.90 / AUD $692.66 and this comprises.
- Package Forwarding membership fee USD$10.00
- Shipping Cost via DHL USD$69.52
- Google Nexus One USD$529.00
- Sales Tax (Florida where the Package Forwarding company is) USD$34.38
All times listed expect for those in the shipping tables are Brisbane times.
- 21:15 – Nexus One ordered
Shipping from Google to MyUS vis Fedex
|Brisbane Time||Local Time||Activity||Location|
|Jan 13, 2010 7:47 AM||Shipment information sent to FedEx|
|Jan 14, 2010 7:01 AM||Jan 13, 2010 4:01 PM||Picked up||INDIANAPOLIS, IN|
|Jan 13, 2010 8:53 PM||Left FedEx origin facility||INDIANAPOLIS, IN|
|Jan 13, 2010 10:58 PM||Departed FedEx location||INDIANAPOLIS, IN|
|Jan 13, 2010 11:02 PM||Arrived at FedEx location||MEMPHIS, TN|
|Jan 14, 2010 2:48 AM||Departed FedEx location||MEMPHIS, TN|
|Jan 14, 2010 5:24 AM||At dest sort facility||TAMPA, FL|
|Jan 14, 2010 8:16 AM||At local FedEx facility||BRADENTON, FL|
|Jan 14, 2010 8:22 AM||On FedEx vehicle for delivery||BRADENTON, FL|
|Jan 15, 2010 12:05 PM||Jan 14, 2010 9:05 AM||Delivered||BRADENTON, FL|
00:05 – Nexus One Delivered to MyUS
03:55 – MyUS acknowledge delivery and send confirmation email
08:41 – MyUS sends shipment notifications
11:14 – DHL pickup
Shipping from MyUS via DHL
|Brisbane Time||Local Time||Activity||Location|
|16/1/2010 11:14 am||15/1/2010 6:14 pm||Shipment picked up||Tampa - East, FL
|15/1/2010 7:42 pm||Departing origin.||Tampa - East, FL
|15/1/2010 8:26 pm||Processed at DHL Location.||Tampa - East, FL
|15/1/2010 8:26 pm||Depart Facility||Tampa - East, FL
|16/1/2010 3:17 am||Transit through DHL facility||Cincinnati Hub, OH
|16/1/2010 4:50 am||Processed at DHL Location.||Cincinnati Hub, OH
|16/1/2010 6:03 am||Depart Facility||Cincinnati Hub, OH
|16/1/2010 6:45 am||Transit through DHL facility||Los Angeles Gateway, CA
|16/1/2010 1:05 pm||Processed at DHL Location.||Los Angeles Gateway, CA
|16/1/2010 1:05 pm||Depart Facility||Los Angeles Gateway, CA
|18/1/2010 11:35 am||18/1/2010 11:35 am||Transit through DHL facility||Brisbane, Australia
|18/1/2010 11:35 am||18/1/2010 11:35 am||Clearance processing complete||Brisbane, Australia
|18/1/2010 09:32 am||18/1/2010 09:32 am||Awaiting collection by recipient as requested||Brisbane, Australia
|18/1/2010 11:02 am||18/1/2010 11:02 am||Delivered - Signed for by : MATT||Brisbane - Australia
11:35 (GMT +10) – DHL clears customers for delivery Tuesday (pickup not available that afternoon…)
Damn it, DHL just updated the status to “awaiting customer pickup” despite this never being arranged. Off to the airport for pickup I guess.
11:02 Collection time!
Further information can be found in the Whirlpool “Getting Nexus One (Google Phone) in Aus” thread.