VODAFONE will be the first UK carrier to stock the new Google Nexus One smartphone.
It will start stocking the phone “soon” but the deal is non-exclusive, meaning other networks could offer it in the coming weeks.
Vodafone missed out on the exclusive rights to the iPhone in 2007 after clashing with Apple over its insistence on taking a share of subscription fees. The deal, which expired in October, was seen as a boon for O2, and Vodafone was determined not to be left behind a second time.
The phone is currently only available through Google in the US, where it will cost $529 (£331) plus $29.65 shipping. It is available on a contract with T-Mobile in the US for $179.
The device was unveiled yesterday at an exclusive event at the internet giant’s Silicon Valley headquarters.