Google’s Nexus One goes to Europe on Vodafone

Updated: Apr 26, 2010 4:20 PM UTC

Vodafone will sell the iconic 'Google phone' for free with a £35 ($54)/month service plan starting on April 30th.

Android fans in the UK will now be able to get their hands on a flagship Android phone at the end of this month, according to  a press release by Vodafone.  Plans start at £25 per month and contract terms vary from 18- to 24-months.

The phone is likely identical hardware to the unsubsidized AT&T (t) phone that Google announced last month which works on 3G carriers around the world.  The T-Mobile Nexus One uses different 3G radios than those used in Europe.

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While winning plenty of technical praise, the Nexus One's sales have been significantly off of those by the Verizon (vz) Droid, which rocketed to 1 million sales faster than even the Apple (aapl) iPhone according to Flurry Analytics.  In the same 74-day period, the Nexus One sold only 135,000 units, albeit on the much less popular T-Mobile network.

Nexus One Hardware Features:

* Display: 3.7" AMOLED 480x800 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

Oh, and one other big hidden feature.  802.11N networking has been discovered inside the Nexus One.