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Nokia N900 gets earlier than expected UK release

The Nokia N900 - coming soon(er that expected)
The Nokia N900 - coming soon(er that expected)

Vodafone's plans for a Nokia N900 UK release date for January have taken a turn for the more concrete, with it emerging that the phone will be available on 7 January 2010.

However, The Carphone Warehouse will be jumping ahead of the network, by making the new N900 available in its stores from 26 December.

Of course, it has been on sale from Nokia direct for a good many days now, but this is the first time the public will be able to get it subsidised from a network in the 'normal' manner.

The phone will be available from Vodafone for free on a £35 a month contract, running for a 24 months, although there's no information on what this will give you. However, with the N900 being a very data centric device, we'd imagine there would be a pretty generous web bundle.

January spectacular

Vodafone was long rumoured to be the first carrier of the N900, and duly delivered - although we don't expect it to be exclusive to that carrier, with O2 and Orange also likely destinations for the device.

You might remember than the HTC HD2 was dropped from the Vodafone range in response to mysterious 'other smartphones' coming up - this, along with the iPhone will be released in January, so it seems Vodafone wanted a QWERTY device rather than a large tablet phone to sit alongside Apple's effort.

Via Pocket-lint

Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.