Nexus One: Google's superphone hits Vodafone UK

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[UK] Brits can now get their hands on Google’s so-called ‘superphone’ for an upfront cost of “free”. Kinda.

Available from today for pre-order on Vodafone UK, the Android-powered Google Nexus One can be had for £35 per-month on a 2 year contract, including a bundle of minutes and texts, and the much needed 1GB monthly data allowance — this is a Google Phone after all (see TechCrunch review). There are a number of other tariffs available too. Customers who pre-order can expect deliveries to go out on April 30th.

It’s not the first time Brits could get hold of the Nexus One, however. It’s been available for import directly from Google itself, but this is the carrier-subsidised version, sold through Vodafone, both online and in-store, as is the tradition here in the UK. The perception is that a mobile phone should be “free”, albeit with a lengthy contract, or as close to free as possible. In other words, persuading Vodafone to carry the Nexus One will be an important factor in how well the phone, which is manufactured by HTC, will sell.

Nexus One hardware features

* Display: 3.7″ AMOLED 480×800 WVGA display
* Thinness: 11.5mm; Weight: 130g
* Processor/Speed: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 3G QSD8250 chipset, delivering speeds up to 1GHz
* Camera: 5 megapixel auto focus with flash and geo tagging
* Onboard memory: 512MB Flash, 512MB RAM
* Expandable memory: 4GB removable SD Card (expandable to 32GB)
* Noise Suppression: Dynamic noise suppression from Audience, Inc.
* Ports: 3.5mm stereo headphone jack with four contacts for inline voice and remote control
* Battery: Removable 1400 mAh
* Personalized laser engraving: Up to 50 characters on the back of the phone
* Trackball: Tri-colour notification LED, alerts when new emails, chats, text messages arrive

Along with the 1GB 3G data allowance, customer get an additional 1GB of data via WiFi at premium BT Openzone hotspots throughout the UK.

The Google Nexus One will also soon be coming to Vodafone in France (SFR), Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain.

  • Josh

    Lolling somewhat at the description of BT Openzone hotspots being described as “Premium”.

    Perhaps lost in translation.

    • Steve O'Hear

      Premium priced maybe?

  • Dan Griffey

    Awesome news – have been waiting a while.

    I have 2 questions:

    1. Will Vodafone do anything to the Android UI? (I prefer not!)
    2. When will Google Voice come to the UK – as that will make having this phone (alongside an iPhone) a winner.

    • Steve O'Hear

      As far as I know, the Android UI is untouched. That’s what makes it an official Google Phone i.e. the standard out-of-the-box Android experience, with all the Google Apps, Market etc. But Vodafone may load it up with some of their own apps.

      As for Google Voice, no idea of eta.

    • corn

      Like most of the N1 users, we are waiting for the clamored flash release for it — It has been 4 months now, and all we’re seeing are tease. (Nexus One Disadvantages)

  • Felix

    I don’t understand one thing: in my country (Romania) the HTC Desire is available at Vodafone and it’s 200€ with a 48€/month 2-year contract. Sure, you get unlimited Internet access and a lot of minutes and texts, but it still seems A LOT MORE EXPENSIVE than the Nexus One now in the UK. To add to the weirdness, if you were to buy the Desire from a normal shop (not related to any network), it would be CHEAPER (~150€) than a Nexus One bought from the same shop. Why is this? Is it just my weird country at fault here?

  • Fuzz One

    I’d rather wait for the 4G iPhone this summer.

    • BogartOfElCajon

      I’ll wait too for 4G iphone this summer then buy the Nexus One. Go Google!

  • mark

    Hey All

    I am travelling through the UK in two weeks. Any idea how I can purchase three of these phones without any contracts? We are launching a new app I need them for testing.


    • Pete Austin

      To buy an unlocked Nexus One for the UK, do what I did:
      (1) Buy a N1 from Google’s website and it will be delivered to the UK, from the US, in about 7-10 days.
      (2) Buy a “SIM Only” contract that includes “unlimited” data. If the network doesn’t allow you to specify the N1, say you have a HTC Hero.
      (3) Plug the SIM card into your Nexus One.

  • Steve

    You can actually win a Google Nexus One phone by this month on this website

  • Leigh Donnelly

    The Contract is ridiculous. only a GB of data, would have thought that google would have pushed for *unlimited like the iPhone here on O2

    • Charlie Tanner

      Except that the iPhone doesn’t have unlimited, it still has fair usage. The Nexus One is technically still on “unlimited” but fair usage of 1GB. O2 are real dicks because they say it’s unlimited, and don’t tell you any caps in their T&Cs or anywhere on their site, they just say that fair usage applies without saying what it is, and they won’t tell you if you call up, but in reality, O2 will send you a text saying they will charge you for extra data usage soon after reaching a certain amount. That used to be 200mb, but I think that has been increasing lately. Anyway, 1GB is way more than enough unless you plan to tether with your phone. I barely use half of that on my N1 and I am an extremely heavy user.

  • modelportfolio2003

    @Mark. You can buy the Nexus One for $529 up front from Google website and have it shipped to a UK address for DHL delivery: add shipping and customs for a total of approx UK £400. This is the SIM free version which I bought and I shop around in UK for a monthly contract at £ 15-20 per month from any of the 6 operators–including Vodafone–to see who is offering best monthly deal. I own phone so in say 6 months when Nexus Two arrives, I plan to sell the phone, recoup much of my upfront cost and get the next great Google phone. Cost a lot less than a long term contract with Vodafone IMO. Does that work for you?

  • mark

    @modelportfolio2003 . excellent, thanks for the info

  • Rich G

    Looks like Verizon 86ed the N1 as now directs you to the Incredible. Looks like it’s Sense or nonSense.

  • Alec

    Any news on a Verizon release?

    • Nexus One appears to be a flop

      It was reported today that Google has scrapped the Verizon launch of the Nexus One.

      Verizon wouldn’t let it happen because of the poor sales and customer service experience Google delivered with the T-Mobile launch.

      If you go to Google’s Nexus One page and select Verizon Wireless, they are now recommending purchase of the “Nexus One cousin” DROID Incredible, which launches Thursday (and will be available for sale in the normal Verizon Wireless channels for $150 or less).

  • Dave

    So confused as to whether this is a good purchase with the incredible and the rest released in the states.

  • Cedric Giorgi

    Soon in France! :p

  • Hitesh

    Any idea when Nexus One will be available in India.


  • xxdesmus

    You’ll also notice that Google won’t be releasing a Nexus One for Verizon any longer. They’re just telling people to get the HTC Incredible instead (as it’s better than the Nexus One anyway). Interesting development…though it makes tons of sense.

    • Rasad

      Yes, shows how HTC & Google are strong partnership. Looks promising, btw.

  • NixleRep

    I’m sure this phone is location-aware so users can receive our SMS messages, which is nice.

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  • Peter Dissapointed

    Vodaphone’s press release states the GN1 will be available on pay monthly from £25 a month, however talking to them reveals it’s from £35 a month only! A bit of a sneaky ‘marketing error’ there I think, and very dissapointing for me.

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  • Tufa

    My dad in Ghana has the Nexus One. I like it, but i think i prefer something else as an IT student.

  • Vineeta


    I want to buy unlocked Google nexus one phone in UK. I want to use this in India. Can anyone help where can I buy this phone?


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