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Nexus One Launches On Vodafone

Gordon Kelly


Nexus One Launches On Vodafone

With the launches of the HTC Legend and Desire in the UK last month the long awaited arrival of the Google Nexus One could arguably be seen as a case of after the lord mayor's show, but is it?

In short: probably. Vodafone's price plans are nothing to write home about for a four month old handset with it coming free only on tariffs beginning at £35pm and lasting a full two years. For the record, that tariff comprises 600 minutes, unlimited texts, 1GB of data (which Vodafone describes as "staggering") and a 1GB monthly allowance on BT Openzone WiFi hotspots.

Yep, it's pretty snooze worthy, especially when upping your tariff to £45pm doubles monthly call time to 1200 minutes. A £75pm two year deal will provide a staggering 3000 minutes per month, but you'd be made to commit to a £1,800 layout for a phone which costs $529 (£342) direct from Google unlocked. Import duties? Just Bundle Box it.

On the flip side, the key differentiator for the Nexus One is it does ship with a completely vanilla version of Android meaning it can receive the latest firmware updates from day one and that certainly has great appeal to many (including me).

Should you decide to take the plunge, pre-orders for the handset will see Vodafone dispatch it to you from 30 April with 5 May the date for widespread store availability. If you need further info best check out my Nexus One first impressions.

In related news Android Central has taken a look at HTC's sadly US-only Incredible and found it has none of the multi-touch sensor irregularities seen in the Nexus One. If multi-touch is a big deal for you then make sure to check out the video below... just be warned about the 'Tiny Hulk' commentary about 50 seconds in!

Update: with a bit of digging it turns out the Nexus One is actually £5pm more expensive than the slightly more advanced, but oh so similar HTC Desire meaning that's the better bet.


Nexus One on Vodafone

Google Nexus One Homepage


April 26, 2010, 5:43 pm

Vodaphone online...

Nexus One - Free on 24 month contract @ 35 month - 600 mins, unlimited texts, 1Gb data

HTC Desire - Free on 24 month contract @ 30 month - 600 mins, unlimited texts, 500mb data

Hmmm....which one shall I get?


April 26, 2010, 5:52 pm

I do point that out in the article Stewart ;) Desire all the way on those tariffs.


April 26, 2010, 5:55 pm

Pricey. In what way are these handsets so much more expensive than the Magic, which was only 25 quid with unlimited data?


April 26, 2010, 5:59 pm

I recommend T-Mobile..

I got the desire 2 weeks a go from there, because the Desire is a "Always On" internet (says that on the T-Mobile website) they give it to you for free, you get unlimited although in reality the fair usage is 2gb a month, a lot better than vodaphone.

Also you still get to have a free bundle item, 32mins call time to USA/Canada, cheaper call rates to EU, but i went for Unlimited texts.

No matter what price contract you get Stewart you will get 2gb a month download usage and unlimited texts (if you choose that option) only thing that changes is the minutes.


April 26, 2010, 6:01 pm

I have a nexus one and if it was between it or the desire then desire wins. Nexus one is a great phone and should (better!) get the updates really fast but man is the touchscreen ass. Loses calibration and can be so bad it registers a press on one of the four menu keys when you are pressing 2/3 of the way down the screen. Oh and those menu keys also suck. Great phone mind haha but I recommend the desire. Not that i've used one. Im rambling, best be off


April 26, 2010, 6:02 pm

Does it come with the nexus one case from vodaphone? I really like the case that was supplied with the US nexus one model.


April 26, 2010, 6:05 pm

Sorry Gordon - edidn't cath that update before I posted - I was busy delving around on Vodaphone!


April 26, 2010, 6:05 pm

@piesforyou - that's an AWFUL deal you've found for a very old handset! In short, because Vodafone has priced the Nexus One above the Desire is why it is expensive.

@darkspark88 - not a clue!


April 26, 2010, 6:46 pm

I second Kieran!

T-Mobile's offer on the Desire also includes a 4Gb microSD card in the box in addition to two free movie downloads in conjunction with an offer they have with Blockbuster.

This bundled with the 1200 minutes, 500 texts, 'unlimited' (the use of this terms infuriates me!) internet -really capped at 2Gb (still 1500Mb more than Vodafone) makes the T-Mobile deal a far better option.

The only thing Vodafone offers over T-Mobile is inclusive voicemail retrieval. However, this can be added on by T-Mobile for £2.50p/m.

My personal opinion following some real hands-on with both handsets is that the Desire is much more of a seamless experience than the Nexus One. The shortcut buttons on the Nexus are very unresponsive and there is definately some lag in scrolling web pages and in apps such as google maps. The Desire by comparrison is extremely smooth and an overall pleasure to use!

I know how I'll be spending my money!


April 26, 2010, 7:20 pm

Can you avoid paying tax by sending using bundle box?!? An SSD seems more tempting now...


April 26, 2010, 7:50 pm

@Gordon, I should have said, when it was released the Magic was 25 quid with unlimited data. So for 120 quid extra per year, what do you get with these phones... a better display and a more up to date android? What else?


April 26, 2010, 7:55 pm

@spylex - I refuse to answer that question based on the simple fact it is explained in the link from this story!

@piesforyou - 1GHz processor is the other biggie making it relatively future proof. Bigger display, faster performance are pretty fundamental I'd say.

Martin Daler

April 26, 2010, 8:35 pm

@Kieran - T-mobile fair usage policy for Android phones is 3Gb/month (not 2Gb)

@eyewonder - don't be infruriated, if you exceed it they don't cut you off or send you to the debtors jail, they just slow you down a bit. Seems pretty 'fair' to me.


Simon 21

April 26, 2010, 9:57 pm

Gordon, I would very much like to know why you think the Desire is 'slightly more advanced' than the Nexus One. Do you consider noise canceling that the N1 has and Desire doesn't as an advanced feature? Either way the N1 will get the next OTA Android OS update way before the Desire will therefore making it 'slightly more advanced'. The Desire doesn't even ship with a case.....


April 26, 2010, 10:09 pm

@Martin Daler

.... well im hardly going to complain about that :p

Bonus for me, just checked my account in the 2 weeks i have had the phone i have used under 500mb still have 2.5gb to go lol (and i have been using it non stop, 2 charges a day :s) think i will have to milk this for everything it's got :p


April 26, 2010, 10:23 pm

What's T-Mobile's network coverage like these days? Last time I was with them (a while ago now) thier network was terrible (low network investment & hampered by their use of GSM 1800) - so bad that I've never even considered them since.

I've since stuck with Vodaphone partly because of their network performance.

What's T-Mobile like now? Presumably sharing their network with '3' helps although by all accounts their network performance used to be quite ropey as well....and of course have heard all about O2's network woes on Trusted Reviews.


April 26, 2010, 11:18 pm

@Simon - Physical buttons not those horrible soft touch ones, an optical track pad not a roller ball and more RAM (576MB vs 512MB) all spring to mind.

Martin Daler

April 26, 2010, 11:38 pm

@Stewart according to Auntie T-Mobile come out on top, at least for dongles, which I guess holds for 3G phones?




April 26, 2010, 11:47 pm

Thanks Martin - over to T-Mobiles site to check them out!


April 26, 2010, 11:50 pm


I'm with Simon on the Nexus One / Desire differences (cards on the table... I've had a Nexus One since Feb).

Those 'horrible soft touch' buttons are fine once you get used to them (after about 2 days), the trackball lights up for notifications (with different colours using custom ROMs) and more RAM's rumoured to be on route with Froyo (next Android release).

Oh.. and no SenseUI means quicker updates of Android..


April 26, 2010, 11:52 pm

Vodafone > Google branded phone > OTA updates! Ha! I wish...

I know I'm like a broken on this but just have look at the Vodafone Magic forum. If you ask about updates they delete the thread. Nice.


April 26, 2010, 11:54 pm


If you live in a city I wouldn't worry about it too much you will have a connection most of the time if not ask around see if any of your mates are on it.

I always have a single, even noticed driving back on the highways I keep the signal.

PS: Extra 1gb of bandwidth I just found out I have is going straight to Spotify Mobile :P


April 27, 2010, 1:56 am


There are no operators in the world currently offering updates to android 2.x on G1 / Magic handsets. Its not just Vodafone - HTC just haven't built the OS for that platform yet.

You can't expect the operators to own the HTC source code for compiling kernel modules for WLAN, bluetooth, camera etc etc.

The second one operator releases a 2.x update for this hardware, the modding community will be all over it, and you'll see custom roms built on the release. This hasn't happened to date.

There are cobbled together android 2.1 roms that will run on your Vodafone magic right now if you've rooted it. I have, and do, and other than the new fancy lock screen and a few other bits and pieces, you're not missing much.


April 27, 2010, 2:28 am


I've nabbed my brother's N1 case for my Desire and while I it is nice it hardly justifies the large premium in price.


How will a software update (Froyo)provide more RAM? Do tell!

I don't think there's much wrong with the N1 but for the price that T-mobile are knocking out Desires for even the slow updates are just about swallowable. Leaving updates out there's no contest at all.

Al 2

April 27, 2010, 5:24 am

About TMobile. Beware buying a Desire from a non TM vendor selling the phone cheaper (eg Mobile Phones Direct) - their data plan is only 1GB and you will need to contact TMobile to get it upgraded to the 3GB which their website says - explicitly - is the deal for Android phones. I know this because I had to do it.

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