Telstra is set to be the first to carry Google and Samsung's new flagship handset, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, in its flagship stores from tomorrow.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Telstra announced that it would carry the long-awaited handset from tomorrow, pricing it at a $10 handset fee per month on its $59 Freedom Connect Plan for 24 months. Telstra has a full listing of prices on its exchange blog.
Andrew Volard, director of Telstra Mobile, said that he was thrilled that the telco could offer the device to customers first and before Christmas.
"Telstra customers have been counting down to the launch of the world's first Android 4.0 smartphone and we're delighted to be able to offer this ground-breaking device ahead of Christmas. Our customers are going to love the beautifully redesigned Android 4.0 operating system, which features a more modern user interface, resizeable widgets and improved web browsing and multitasking," he said in a statement today.
Telstra has been putting more and more weight behind the Android platform in recent weeks, opening a flagship Android-only store in Melbourne in the last two weeks dubbed Androidland.
Only the company's flagship stores in Sydney and Melbourne can commit to stocking the device from tomorrow. Telstra told ZDNet Australia that other stores in its network, including partners like JB Hi-Fi, will commence selling on Thursday, 15 December. Telstra added that the availability of the device is purely about how fast it can deliver stock to stores and that some partner stores may even have stock from tomorrow and Wednesday.
Optus also announced its availability of the Galaxy Nexus overnight, offering the device for a $16 handset fee per month on its $29 Cap Plan for 24 months.
Optus said on its website that customers can pre-order immediately for delivery of the device on 20 to 21 December.
Vodafone has also opened its pre-orders for the new device.
It seems that Samsung is set to ride its suite of Galaxy handsets into a successful new year, after the company said overnight it is averaging nine handset sales a second in 2011 so far.