Vodafone to sell Google phone in UK from April 30

LONDON, April 26 (BestGrowthStock) – Vodafone (VOD.L: ) will be
Europe’s first carrier to sell Google’s (GOOG.O: ) Nexus One
phone, starting in Britain on April 30, in a boost for the
operator beaten to Apple’s (AAPL.O: ) iPhone by O2 (TEF.MC: ).

Vodafone said on Monday it would give away Google’s first
own-branded phone for free to customers who take out a two-year,
35 pounds ($54)-per-month contract. Price plans will start at 25
pounds per month.

Google is also selling the Nexus One, made by Taiwan’s HTC
(2498.TW: ), directly to consumers, shaking up an environment
where carriers normally control customer relationships.

The Nexus One offers popular and new Google services
including satellite navigation and voice-activated search, as
well as access to more than 40,000 software applications that
users can download to customise their phones.

The Nexus One is one of many phones built by third parties
on Google’s Android software, which is rapidly gaining in
popularity since being launched just over a year ago.

Android took 9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market in
February, according to technology research firm comScore, behind
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM.TO: ), Apple and
Microsoft (MSFT.O: ).
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(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by David Holmes)
($1=.6465 Pound)

Vodafone to sell Google phone in UK from April 30