Good news for European would-be Nexus One buyers who aren’t keen on importing a handset from the US and who would prefer a subsidized model. Carrier Vodafone has confirmed that it will be offering the Nexus One in the UK “in a few short weeks”, with availability in France, Germany and other countries likely to follow after.
Update: Vodafone UK have an FAQ about the Nexus One; nothing particularly striking as yet, but it confirms buyers will have access to plans “similar to those Vodafone offers for its wide range of smartphones”.
“I can confirm that Vodafone is the first operator to partner with Google to offer the Nexus One in Europe, starting soon in the UK, in a few short weeks. No detail on pricing and precise timing has yet been made, but that will come in a few weeks.” Vodafone spokesperson
The arrival of the Vodafone Nexus One will mean that UK buyers will be able to pick up a cheaper handset (with agreement) rather than paying the $529 SIM-free, unlocked price. It’s unclear whether a version of that unlocked handset will be made available in UK pounds and shipped from within the country as well; Vodafone are yet to confirm any pricing. Sales will be through Google’s webstore; the search giant confirmed Vodafone as an upcoming carrier partner at their launch event for the Nexus One yesterday; the smartphone will also arrive on Verizon’s US network in CDMA form sometime in Spring 2010.