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Monday, May 24, 2010

Using a Nexus one in Manila

The Android Invasion, Manila chapter

Have you been keeping up to date with the latest technological advancements in Smartphones? If so, you may have learned that Google's Android OS for mobiles have grown in leaps and bounds to be one of the powerful players in the smartphone industry.
You might also know that Google has released their own Android-powered mobile phone, dubbed the Nexus One. You can read my review of the Nexus one here, and let me just briefly summarize it by saying: "This smartphone is a powerful force to be reckoned with" (and that's coming from someone with an iPhone 3GS).
So do you want to experience this for yourself? Well, first of all you need to get the unit.

How to get your Nexus one in Manila, Philippines

Since it was first launched in Q1 2010, the Nexus one had a unique distribution model. The only way to get one was to buy from Google online, and they will deliver it to your doorstep.
 Google doesn't yet support direct delivery to the Philippines, so some workarounds need to be done.
  1. Google won't recognize a PH ip address, so you need to change yours using a proxy. Just search for one of the many sites who will provide you with a US proxy, and use that. If you are concerned about security, since you will be using your credit card, then use a paid Proxy site, like Proxybonanza or Proxz.
  2. Edit your browser to reflect your newly acquired US proxy, you can learn about that simple task here.
  3. Now, go to www.google.com/phone. If your proxy was configured properly, you should not see gray warning on the right side, saying your country is not supported.
  4. Proceed to make your order. Just pick the default Nexus one option (unlocked of course), don't bother changing the network options, the default one will work with Philippines carriers.
  5. Confirm your order and check-out. You will need to create a Google checkout account, if you do not already have a Gmail account.
  6. Delivery -  If you have a relative/friend who lives in the US, or one of the other countries supported by Google delivery, then just have the unit delivered to them, and ask them to ship it to you. If not, have it shipped to Philippine Carrier address located in the US. I personally use Johnny Air cargo. If you decide to use them, just ship to this address in New York: 69-04 Roosevelt Ave., (bet. 69th and 70th sts.) Woodside, NY 11377. 

    Make sure to contact Johnny Air locally to give your delivery reference number, and to arrange for the freight options and payment. They can ship it to your home in Manila, or you can pick it up in one of their Metro Manila branches. 

    **Optional, if you are willing to wait a few more days, Google also does personal engraving on your Nexus one. It will show up as an option before you check-out your purchase.
If you don't have a credit card handy, or you're weary to follow all of these steps, then you may buy the unit locally in rare locations around the city, that usually charge a premium over the original ~$530 price that Google is selling the unit for. You can try some stores in the Greenhills shopping area or check out US2PH.com.

Configuring your Nexus One in Manila

When you have your phone, you will need to be able to use it here in Manila.
 For Globe Telecom simcard, just insert it in the phone, and since it's unlocked it will immediately be recognized. You can use it for calls and text automatically, but you'll need some tweaking for Internet usage via 3G:

How to setup Globe network for Nexus One:
1. Go to Settings, choose Wireless & networks
2. Go to Mobile networks, choose Network operators. Let let search for available networks and choose Globe. It will then tell you that you are registered.
3. Go back to Mobile network settings, choose Access Point Names. Press on settings and then create new APN-

Name: MyGlobe INTERNET
APN: internet.globe.com.ph
Port: 8080
MMS Proxy:
MMS Port: 8080
MCC: 515
MNC: 02
Authentication type: none
APN Type: 

(source: You Got Tech.com)

Now your new Nexus one should be ready for complete usage. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much!! Been searching for the setting for the past 2 days. I even called globe.