Vodafone: UK Nexus One sold "direct" in-store – and phone hitting Europe in May

We’ve just received official confirmation from Vodafone that it WILL be stocking the Nexus One in-store in Europe and selling it through all the usual online and telephone sales channels, so there’s no need to worry about your precious new “superphone” having to travel 6000 miles via courier.

Also, the Nexus will be hitting select other European countries in May, according to this accompanying text that came with the announcement:

“Vodafone announces that it will start selling Nexus One from Google directly through its stores and online in the UK from 30 April and in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and in France through SFR during May

Bring it on!

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Here’s the full press release. Vodafone’s saying you’ll be able to get the Nexus on a £25 contract, despite its web site currently only offering £35 deals to people who pre-order – so if you want a better tariff, wait a bit and haggle.

Google Nexus One Launches on Vodafone UK

26 April 2010

Nexus One™ available to Vodafone customers in the UK on April 30

Pre-order from today on the UK’s best network

Great value – free on £35 price plan

Available through Vodafone retail, online and telesales

From today, Vodafone UK customers can order the Nexus One, the new superphone from Google™, at vodafone.co.uk/nexusone.

Vodafone is the first European mobile operator to offer Nexus One. Customers who pre-order online will be the first to get a Nexus One for free on a £35 monthly price plan (24 month), on April 30. The Nexus One will also be available via Vodafone stores and telesales, with Vodafone providing direct support to customers with the superphone when they need it.

Nexus One will be available on a range of great value Vodafone price plans, on both 18 and 24 month contracts. Price plans start from £25 a month on a 24 month contract.

Vodafone UK customers with the Nexus One can use up to 1GB of mobile data as part of their price plan as well as take advantage of unlimited access to Wi-Fi in the home and free, publicly available services throughout the country. Customers using Wi-Fi can also use an additional 1GB of data at premium BT Openzone hotspots throughout the UK.

Nexus One features the latest in Google innovation including Google Maps™ Navigation (Beta), which offers satnav-style turn-by-turn driving directions with voice output and Street View. Also included are other favourites like Google Mail, YouTube and access to Android Market™ with more than 40,000 applications.

Google Maps Navigation is an Internet-connected GPS navigation system that provides turn-by-turn voice guidance as a free feature of Google Maps for Android™. Key features include Google Search and Search by voice to find your destination, the most recent maps, businesses and live traffic from Google Maps, and street and satellite views.

Vodafone UK customers now have a wide choice of Android phones, truly establishing Vodafone as the home of the Smartphone.

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

Nexus One, Google, Google Maps, Android Market and Android are trademarks of Google, Inc.