Google is in talks with all of the UK mobile operators over bringing its new Nexus One phone to Britain, but Vodafone is set to steal a march on its rivals by unveiling the phone first at an industry trade show next month.
It is understood that Vodafone is preparing to unveil the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which starts on February 15. Sources close to the group, however, didn't rule out an earlier launch date.
One industry rival said: "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." T-Mobile landed the initial deal to offer the handset to customers in the US, alongside Verizon Wireless. It is currently in talks to bring the Nexus One to the UK while 3, Orange and O2 are also believed to have had discussions with Google.
None of the operators will offer the phone in their shops as Google is selling it exclusively online, with customers selecting which operator they want to support the device.