While we’re still awaiting specific plans to bring Google’s Nexus One handset to Ireland, operators in the UK are looking for a slice of the distribution deal.
The Nexus One, which will be sold by Google exclusively online through its new Android phone store, has already been snapped up by Vodafone, a partnership mentioned by the search company when the "super phone" was unveiled Tuesday.
When the Nexus One eventually arrives in Ireland it will most likely be available through the same operator but Google does not have plans to keep this open-source operating system phone tied to just one or two mobile networks.
According to the UK Independent, an industry rival commented: "It looks like Vodafone will lead with it, but everyone has held talks about it. It’s not like the iPhone, Google wants this in as many hands as possible."
While Vodafone is said to be unveiling the Nexus One at next month’s Barcelona World Mobile Congress, it is understood that 3 UK is in talks to bring the phone to its customer base also.
In the US, Google’s new smart phone will be using the T-Mobile as well as Verizon Wireless networks.
By Marie Boran
Photo: Google’s Nexus One smart phone