Despite being the last major telco to make an announcement, Telstra will sell the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in stores before Vodafone or Optus, with the hotly-anticipated smartphone available from 14th December, albeit in two stores only.
From tomorrow, the Android 4.0-sporting Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone will be available to purchase from Telstra’s flagship Sydney and Melbourne stores (Telstra Store, 400 George St, Sydney and Androidland, Telstra Store, 246 Bourke Street, Melbourne.)
The rest of Telstra's stores will begin selling the device from 15 December; one day before Optus and Vodafone.
“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 groundbreaking device ahead of Christmas," said Andrew Volard, Director of Telstra Mobile.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be available on a variety of pricing plans, including the $59 Freedom Connect Plan (plus $10 monthly handset repayments) on a 24 month contract. The handset can also be snapped up for free on a 24-month $79 Freedom Connect Plan which includes 2GB of data each month.
As always, Telstra was keen to talk up its superior mobile phone network in the Galaxy Nexus press release. "Our customers will also enjoy superior web browsing on the Galaxy Nexus thanks to Telstra’s HSPA+ mobile download speeds. Customers can pull down web pages faster, stream video with less buffering, and access their social networks more quickly,” Mr Volard said.
For more information and a full list of pricing plans, visit the Telstra website. Telstra has promised that customers who order the phone online will receive it in two to five working days -- plenty of time to get it before Christmas.