O2 to offer Samsung Galaxy Nexus

We think that's almost a full house. Stockists of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that is, with O2 confirming it will sell the handset, leaving just the T-Mobile/Orange network as the outsiders for the latest Google phone in the UK. We suspect that will change in the near future.

Suspiciously absent from the initial list of networks for the Ice Cream Sandwich handset, O2 has now put up a 'coming soon' page, joining Three and Vodafone in selling the phone in the UK. On top of that, Phones 4u has also confirmed it will be selling the Galaxy Nexus, although it isn't clear which network it will be in conjunction with.

O2 has gone one step further than the other networks though, confirming a date. OK, that date is simply 'November', but it is a step forward. It also ties in well with the SIM-free landing date of 17 November, which is probably now a good date to work to if you have an upgrade due.

However, it does stop short of offering price details. We'll just have to presume it's not a million miles away from the amount Phones 4u will be asking. If you missed it, that particular retailer is offering the Galaxy Nexus for 'free' if you sign up to a £46 per month contract over two years. Alternatively, the monthly price drops to £41 if you pay £29.95 upfront for the handset.

For that, you get to be first with Ice Cream Sandwich, Google's latest incarnation of Android, as well as having a phone with a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a large 4.65-inch screen with 720p resolution and a five-megapixel camera with auto-focus. Much more besides. In fact, we have a hands-on with all the detail right here.

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