The first Google phone is already shipping SIM-free to USA, UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, but still there is no carrier to offer it subsidized outside the US. Well, Vodafone will be stepping up even sooner than expected and they've just posted a FAQ section on the Nexus One.
For the time being, no matter which country you order from, all phones get shipped from the US. So ordering one from the UK right now will cost you the base price of 529 US dollars plus 30 US dollars DHL shipping plus 20 US dollars for an optional UK power adapter. And finally you'll have to shell out 17.5% VAT on top of all that. So even if you opt out of the power adapter, you're still looking at a bare minimum of 656 US dollars (410 GBP or 450 euro).
So it's no wonder Vodafone are getting quite a pressure from users to get those phones subsidized in the UK. As we reported in our Nexus One scoop the other day, Google announced Vodafone UK will be getting the phone in March 2010. But a Vodefone spokesperson went ahead yesterday and said it will only going to be "a few short weeks" before they get it.
Due to the increased interest Vodafone has even published a Nexus One FAQ section that can be found here.
The FAQ makes it clear that even when the Google phones finally gets to the UK, it will be only sold through google.com/phone as in the rest of the world.
There is no word on the exact date, or even on the tariff plans, but we supposed they will be close to those for the iPhone. Be sure we'll keep you informed.
I visited a (Smartone) Vodafone shop on the 2nd day when Moto Milestone was released. The guy there didn't even know where / how to insert the SIM card properly, and was speechless to describe the advantages other than "it runs on Android 2.0&q...
i dont understand i thought the 1st google phone was the g1 on tmobile made by htc anybody know why this is being marketed as the 1st google handset?
Well! neither does the iPhone!