Vodafone to sell the Nexus S Google phone after deal with Carphone ends

Steve Dinneen
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THE Google-branded Nexus S smartphone will end its exclusive run with the Carphone Warehouse, with Vodafone revealing it will start stocking the handset.

Vodafone did not confirm when the handset will be available but it is understood it could be in UK stores as soon as March. City A.M. revealed last year the handset, manufactured by Samsung, would go on sale in an exclusive deal with Carphone Warehouse and its partner Best Buy, despite outgoing Google chief executive Eric Schmidt claiming there would be no follow-up phone to the original Nexus One. The partnership with Carphone Warehouse was seen by analysts as an experiment with its distribution model. The original Nexus was tied to an exclusive deal with Vodafone in the UK. Despite building a cult following the handset, built by HTC, failed to make a splash when it was released last year.