Google’s latest Nexus phone, the Galaxy Nexus, is set for a forthcoming Australian launch with all three major carriers – Vodafone, Telstra and Optus – confirming they’ll launch the device before Christmas.
Vodafone – the first major Australian carrier out the gate to confirm it’ll play host to the device that runs a vanilla version of Google’s open source Android software, says it’ll have the Galaxy Nexus available for $0 on the $79 cap over 24 months or $0 on the $85 Infinite plan over the same period.
Over 12 months, the carrier will provide the phone on the $79 cap for $15 extra in handset repayments per month (min total of $1128 over the period) or for an extra $20 on the $80 Infinite plan (min cost $1260 over 12 months).
For a limited time, online purchases through Vodafone will also have an additional 1 month free of network access.
Optus meanwhile is promising customers the Galaxy Nexus by Christmas, and is offering it for $0 on it’s $79 plan over 24 months with 2 months of free network access. It can also be purchased from the $29 plan upwards for an additional $16 in handset repayments.
And this morning Telstra also confirmed it’d be the first to offer the Galaxy Nexus for sale in Australia, with its flagship stores in Melbourne and Sydney selling it from tomorrow (Dec. 14). Additionally, Telstra partners (such as JB Hi-Fi) and it’s own Telstra stores will begin selling the Galaxy Nexus from this Thursday.
Telstra will be offering the Galaxy Nexus for $0 on its $79 Freedom Connect plan over 24 months, or with an additional $10 in handset repayments on its $59 per month plan.
“Our customers will also enjoy superior web browsing on the Galaxy Nexus thanks to Telstra’s HSPA+ mobile download speeds,” Andrew Volard, Director at Telstra Mobile, said in a statement this morning.