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Google’s Nexus One goes to Europe on Vodafone

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.

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 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

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