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Vodafone UK Confirms HTC Desire, Legend, Nexus One & Xperia X10

Gordon Kelly


Vodafone UK Confirms HTC Desire, Legend, Nexus One & Xperia X10

You know what they say about buses? Well, it seems it is twice as true of the hottest smartphones...

Confirming all three of HTC's masterworks late last week was Vodafone with news the Legend, Desire and Nexus One are all coming in April and for good measure it has even added the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 as well.

Unfortunately Vodafone hasn't given pricing details for any of these models - though it is believed they will be on pay monthly contracts only. What we can say, however, is we've had more reader requests asking about availability for these models than just about anything else (including the iPad) so to see them all turn up on one network is surprising.

Perhaps even more surprising is Vodafone claims the HTC Legend - the most affordable, yet arguably desirable of the four - is an exclusive. I'd suggest this is likely to be for a limited period rather than the life of the handset, but we shall see. As for the others, Vodafone hasn't jumped up and down to make similar statements so expect them to turn up on a number of different networks around the same time.

For more read our HTC Legend review, my HTC Desire hands-on and my first impressions of the Google Nexus One and Xperia X10.

Given it has the iPhone 3G and 3GS on sale too, is Vodafone about to replace O2 as the home of the most desirable smartphones? It looks that way, so let's just hope its data network stands up a little better...

In related news Vodafone has canned Wayfinder, the turn-by-turn satellite navigation mapmaker just 14 months after buying it for £20m. 50 jobs will be lost and Vodafone confirmed what we already knew: "We could not charge for something that others gave away for free."

Dear TomTom, Garmin, Navigon and others, now is your time to start worrying.


Vodafone Coming Soon Handset Page


March 16, 2010, 1:08 am

Vodafone and Android:

Don't expect much in terms of ongoing support from Vodafone for your Android handset. Have a look at the UK Vodafone Magic forums for a feel for the frustrations you'll have ref upgrades and the general lack of information from vodafone reps.

OK, it's open source and you can go your own way with unauthorised ROMs but then your warranty is void. Vodafone don't engage with the OS comunity or developers at all. Releases are treated like those from proprietary vendors.

Not saying that Android is naff, but you won't benefit from the OS model by buying from Vodafone.


March 16, 2010, 2:48 am

vodafone listed the X2 like this for ages and at the last minute decided "hmm forget the X2 lests concentrate on iPhone" and they gave up on the x1 after a few months oh and they gave up on the HD2 after a few months...

I dont trust anything they say or do


March 16, 2010, 5:45 pm

vodafone are loading all their vodafone 360 spamware all over the legend and I wouldnt be supprised if they do it to the desire aswell, it will take vodafone a metaphorical centuary for any of HTCs updates to also be approved,

needless to say if you are wanting any of these devices and to be able to have full android and HTC upgradeability sim free is the only way to buy it


March 16, 2010, 5:48 pm

@Jay - I've heard that too, but also that there might be an option over whether to have it or not. As arguably the most irrelevant mobile phone platform around, if Vodafone does do this to the Legend (and the Legend is an exclusive) then it has killed this stunning handset stone dead.


March 16, 2010, 7:28 pm

As far as I know 360 for Android is just an app and not a customisation. I installed it off the Market onto my (Orange) Hero and it messed up all my contacts. Uninstalled it straight away. It really is crapware.

I think SIM free is definitely the way to go. Much as I love Sense after playing with my brother's Nexus I'm also starting to think that Vanilla Android is ready for prime time.

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