Nexus One to launch in Europe in April?

The Nexus One has been making a splash in North America for a couple of months, but many in Europe have been wondering when they will be able to get their hands on it.  According to the Telegraph, the Nexus One will be on sale in April on Vodafone. 

The Nexus One represents a first for Google as the phone can be purchased directly from the company with no contract.  Buying a Nexus One without a contract can be quite expensive, although, if you’re planning to stick with the carrier for the typical two years, you can buy it with subsidy as it will save you money up front but may cost you more in the end.

Although the phone has been given much praise, there are some questions still lingering about the quality of its screen despite the claim that it’s a software related issue. 

Supposedly Vodafone was pushing for a March launch but the usual “sources close to both companies have confirmed” that an April launch is the targeted launch date. 

While it has not been officially confirmed by Google, the deadline does make sense.  If true, it would also align the launch around another rumored timeline of the Nexus One launch on Verizon, which might happen in late March. 

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Why would anyone buy a Nexus One in April when the HTC Desire is available in March?
I'm sorry Google, but this is just not going to work.

Donenzone said,
Why would anyone buy a Nexus One in April when the HTC Desire is available in March?
I'm sorry Google, but this is just not going to work.

Is the Desire going to run Android?
Theres your difference....

barteh said,

Is the Desire going to run Android?
Theres your difference....

Yes :)
I'm getting the Desire on Orange when it's available.
Can't wait

Edited by funkymunky, Feb 26 2010, 8:35pm :

Donenzone said,
Why would anyone buy a Nexus One in April when the HTC Desire is available in March?
I'm sorry Google, but this is just not going to work.

Perhaps people don't like the Sense UI? Also, doesn't the Desire only have half the RAM of the N1? Or is that another very vaguely named HTC phone I'm thinking of?

The Teej said,

Perhaps people don't like the Sense UI? Also, doesn't the Desire only have half the RAM of the N1? Or is that another very vaguely named HTC phone I'm thinking of?

That's the Hero/Legend (The Desire has slightly more RAM than the N1). And the Sense UI can be turned off.

Edited by Ashmir, Feb 27 2010, 9:00am :

"if you’re planning to stick with the carrier for the typical two years, it’s usually in your best interest to buy it with a carrier subsidy."

er, no! You'll end up paying more over the lifetime of the contract... hence why they subsidise the phone in the first place!

*hugs his Nexus One imported from the US and cheap, cheap contract*

M2Ys4U said,
"if you’re planning to stick with the carrier for the typical two years, it’s usually in your best interest to buy it with a carrier subsidy."

er, no! You'll end up paying more over the lifetime of the contract... hence why they subsidise the phone in the first place!

*hugs his Nexus One imported from the US and cheap, cheap contract*

Erm, no, as in order to get most of the deals from contracts you'd have to get a contract in the first place - if that's what you need from your phone then it's overall better for money as you'd be getting what you originally wanted, but significantly cheaper.

M2Ys4U said,
"if you’re planning to stick with the carrier for the typical two years, it’s usually in your best interest to buy it with a carrier subsidy."

er, no! You'll end up paying more over the lifetime of the contract... hence why they subsidise the phone in the first place!

*hugs his Nexus One imported from the US and cheap, cheap contract*

OMG is this site, i mean it's readers are becoming sooo stupid! is the average age here 15 and american?!???

it is ALWAYS cheaper to get an expensive phone by signing a 2 year contract, i won't even explain why, anyone who doesnt get it should leave these sites immediately.

GOD!.... i hate people..

GetUsed2It said,

OMG is this site, i mean it's readers are becoming sooo stupid! is the average age here 15 and american?!???

it is ALWAYS cheaper to get an expensive phone by signing a 2 year contract, i won't even explain why, anyone who doesnt get it should leave these sites immediately.

GOD!.... i hate people..

Why thank you for the insult. Why do you think that carriers subsidise handsets, because they're nice? No, it's so that they can justify charging a higher tariff.

The Total Cost of Ownership on a subsidised phone is generally higher than a non-subsidised phone. I'm paying HALF the rate I would probably be paying if my Nexus One was subsidised.

The Sony X10 will be coming out very close to this time as well, its camera has had some very good reviews. I think there is still some doubt as to what version of Android will ship but its not a big issue for me.

Brad: "it’s usually in your best interest to buy it with a carrier subsidy. "

Wrong... you pay more overall when buying with subsidy. The only difference is that the cost is spread over 2 years. T-mobile Nexus plan is $80/mo is you buy subsidized and $60/mo if you buy the unlocked and use it on existing plan. After 2 years, you will have pay $130 MORE if you buy with subsidy.

Ikshaar said,
Brad: "it’s usually in your best interest to buy it with a carrier subsidy. "

Wrong... you pay more overall when buying with subsidy. The only difference is that the cost is spread over 2 years. T-mobile Nexus plan is $80/mo is you buy subsidized and $60/mo if you buy the unlocked and use it on existing plan. After 2 years, you will have pay $130 MORE if you buy with subsidy.

Wow, EU subsidy's suck when compared to US ones...amended the story, thanks

I would have thought it was better to get the phone and a package with it rather than buy the phone and then the equivalent package but Ive never done that much research into it. will look into it before I make my decision.

Just have to stop myself making any quick decisions lol

Orange Battery said,
I would have thought it was better to get the phone and a package with it rather than buy the phone and then the equivalent package but Ive never done that much research into it. will look into it before I make my decision.

Probably what they want you to believe but nothing is free ... although not all carriers have same price policy obviously, and some might decide to recoup the cost of the phone by other means (extra services, accessories, etc..). All new smartphones (iPhone 3GS, Nexus, Droid, PalmPre) have similar price unlocked (~$500) and around $150-200 with contract, so I imagine it's the same overhead on plan.

Brad: what I said is for US... not Europe. But I have a hard time imagining than European carriers don't try to recoup that money somehow.

Edited by Ikshaar, Feb 26 2010, 9:46pm :

What I'm most interested in are the tariffs - all I want is around 300 free texts and unlimited data (and I mean unlimited, I'm going to be heavily abusing spotify over 3G lol), I don't care about the rest these other offers on tariffs. I honestly don't mind having to pay a large amount (as long as it isn't the -full- amount) for the phone as long as I can get those features at around £15-£20 a month.

Google Nexus already on sale in Portugal since mid February, no contracts attached and fully unlocked :P

http://fnac.pt/pt/Catalog/Detail.aspx?cIndex=9&catalog=telecomunicacoes&categoryN=Telem%C3%B3veis%20GPS%20PDA&category=multimediaOutrasMarcas&product=2200014977758

i really hope this phone comes to sprint. it will be my next upgrade from my hero. i would also love to be able to run sense on this.

I couldn't care less about which carrier is going to "get" the Nexus One and when that will happen. I want to know when I will be able to order the phone directly from Google's web store from my home in Germany without resorting to import services and stuff.

Does anyone know anything about that?

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