Two weeks after receiving a letter from the FCC as part of that agency’s probe on wireless early termination fees (ETFs), Google announced a $200 reduction in the “equipment recovery” fee that it charges customers for cancelling their Nexus One smart phone subscriptions, although T-Mobile will continue to impose a separate ETF of $200 on customers who terminate their Nexus One service contracts. Google’s action drew immediate praise from FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who termed the policy change as “a step in the right direction.” The open platform Nexus One phone was introduced by Google last month as a contender against the Apple iPhone. For $529, customers may purchase an unlocked version of the Nexus One phone via the Google website that requires no contract and that will operate on any GSM wireless network. Although the Nexus One retails for $179 as part of a two-year service agreement with T-Mobile, Google’s policy of charging an equipment recovery fee of $350 for early termination of the T-Mobile contract in addition to T-Mobile’s ETF of $200 caught the attention of the FCC, which called the dual fees “unique among the four major national carriers.” Under the new policy, Nexus One customers who cancel their T-Mobile subscriptions within the first 120 days but after the initial 14 day return period will be required to pay Google $150 for equipment recovery and an ETF of $200 to TMobile. Existing T-Mobile subscribers who upgrade to the Nexus One and terminate their Nexus One contracts within the same timeframe will owe Google an equipment recovery fee of $50. Denying that the FCC probe played a role in the decision, a Google spokeswoman explained, “we have been looking for ways to improve our customers’ experience, so we were able to work with TMobile to find a better solution for our customers.”