The Google Nexus One has been available for some time in its unlocked form directly from Google, but it would be nice to get your hands on a healthy subsidy on the hardware price. Yes, T-Mobile USA customers have that, but what about our friends over in Europe? Vodafone wants to fix that.
That’s why Vodafone UK has just announced that it will be launching the Nexus One at the end of this month. They’re not even calling it a superphone and not a smartphone. I wouldn’t go quite as far as that, myself, but the Nexus One is certainly an attractive piece of hardware.
As a quick refresher, the Nexus One offers the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, 5MP autofocus camera, and a trackball with a tri-colour notification LED. Naturally, it has the full suite of Google apps, Android Market, and so on too.
So, why would you want to get a Nexus One from Vodafone UK rather than buy one yourself? Well, the outright price from Google is still about $500. However, if you choose to sign a new qualifying two-year contract with Voda, they’ll give you the Nexus One for free. Plans start at £35 a month and include 1GB of data.
I wonder if Rogers (or Wind) are going to pick up and subsidize the Nexus One in Canada. That’d be nice.