Apr 26 AT 1:30 PM Sean Riley 14 Comments

Nexus One launching on Vodafone this Friday and at a quarter past never on Verizon

Nexus One releasing this week on Vodafone, but perhaps never for Verizon

So we’ll do the good news first; Vodafone customers can pre-order their Nexus One today and retail launch will be this Friday, April 30th. The Nexus One will be free on a two-year contract, which to our U.S. readership will seem crazy, but my understanding is that’s how you guys roll. Data limitations are a little sketchier with a 1GB 3G data cap, but I’m sure you’ll manage to muddle through.

Now for the bad news; Verizon customers who’ve been hemming and hawing over whether to get the Nexus One or the Incredible can finally stop worrying and just buy the Incredible. Google hasn’t come right out and said that it will never be available, but the familiar “coming soon” has been pulled from their phone site and replaced with “For Verizon’s network, you can buy the Droid Incredible by HTC, a powerful Android phone and similarly feature-packed cousin of the Nexus One.” The Google Nexus One Board was similarly updated to direct Verizon Nexus One holdouts to go out and buy the Droid Incredible.

So while it isn’t over until the fat multi-billion dollar company sings; I’d definitely say they are warming up their pipes.

Now by all accounts the Droid Incredible is a fantastic device and even fixes issues that the Nexus One suffered from, but I understand the allure of the cutting edge Android OS updates that the Nexus One offers.

So will those of you holding out for the Nexus One on Verizon make do with the Droid Incredible, continue waiting for the Nexus One in hopes that Google is just testing your faith, move to another carrier for the Nexus One, or just wait for the next big thing to come down the pike?

Update: The official Google response provided to Engadget.

“We won’t be selling a Nexus One with Verizon, and this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem. Verizon Wireless customers who want an Android phone with the power of the Nexus One can get the Droid Incredible by HTC.”

Via: Engadget

Source: Google

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 5 years and covering mobile for the last 6. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website @darifresh

    I hear the incredible is coming with a 2gig micro SD….not bad

  • http://www.skeltonmedia.com dave

    This is an interesting conclusion by Verizon, I’d be interested in reading exactly how this decision was made. Apparently Verizon was more interested in offering a 1GHZ HTC sense phone to replace the Droid Eris instead of offering a clear competitor to the Droid and google experience.

    Perhaps the CDMA Nexus was having issues with the antennas / multitouch and Verizon decided to pass. Sounds like the Incredible offers some newer hardware and a new touchscreen sensor.

    Does Sense 2.1 offer the ability to turn off sense skin in settings? If this is the case, this makes Sense a lot more versatile and an attractive option for users like me who want stock UI.

  • http://Website jeff uberstine

    I’m so sad

  • http://www.niyogi.org/surojit/ niyogi

    It’s clear that Verizon is attempting to protect their Incredible launch specifically to boast large volume the next time they report earnings. If you think about it, it’s actually quite understandable considering Google is aiming to cut out many middlemen with the launch of the phone.

    Thing is – Incredible is quite awesome looking as a phone and stands as a solid replacement to the Nexus One in terms of power and features.

  • http://Website Paco

    I, too, like the Incredible but there is no way in hell I’m switching to an overpriced service like Verizon. I prefer my phones free from contracts thank you very much.

    Thank you Nexus One.

  • http://Website Russ

    I just wish Sense didn’t sync with Flickr. I use Picasa extensively, so I can’t bring myself to do Sense.

    Oh well. I’ll stick with the Droid.

  • http://Website William Furr

    ” this is a reflection of the amazing innovation happening across the open Android ecosystem” – what the hell does this mean?

    Is that Google-speak for “we only offer the Nexus One on carriers that can’t get their act together and offer a decent Android phone. *coughT-Mobile*”?

    • http://Website ajk

      i think it means Nexus One is already old news. and to think i’ve had it for less than a month..
      hope this changes with 2.2 froyo update which i’m praying would come soon.

      • http://skeltonmedia.com dave

        Pretty simple here, this is a business decision and these types of decisions are never for the benefit of the consumer. It’s always been about profit and that is all it comes down to. Its all about $$$$ here.

        Q: How do we keep the Droid sales alive?
        A: Don’t allow a better equipped stock UI Android device to coexist on the same network.

        Q: How do we make sure the HTC incredible sells?
        A: Don’t allow the Nexus One to coexist on our network.

  • http://Website Levi

    Dear Author. I notice posts about Vodafone on this blog. But whenever I go to Vodafone Hungary just a few blocks from my house to look for the things I read about here, they never know what I am talking about. The same thing happened after I talked to them about this post. What is going on?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      My apologies for the confusion. In this case it was Vodafone UK that made the announcement, unfortunately Vodafone did not specify release dates for other countries at this time. I will be certain to be more specific regarding the carrier in the future.

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