Vodafone first to offer HTC HD2

Is that a phone in your pocket, or... Oh, it is

HTC HD2 comes to the UK with Voda

Vodafone has announced the availability of the HD2, with price plans to match the high-end features. (See our HTC HD2 review.)

We loved the HD2 when it appeared last month, and as our review attests, it's one heck of a smartphone.

So it's good news that it's finally coming to the UK on an official carrier, with Vodafone offering it on 18- and 24-month contracts.

In for the long haul

Both deals will give you a free phone (which is retailing for only £500 SIM free) although you'll have to pay at least £35 a month on the two-year deal, and £40 for the 18-month version.

However, this includes unlimited internet and email and more minutes than you could shake a virtual-timekeeping stick at.

The former element is particularly useful, as the HD2 allows you to broadcast your 3G signal, with the phone functioning as a wireless router.

We're glad to see the phone appearing in the UK, and it will be interesting to note which other networks offer it too.