Please tell me about the Nexus One - confused about my buying options in the UK.
I am not a phone power user by any means, though I am very techy in other ways (computers, gadgets, programming, etc). Phones are a blind spot for me. I would really like a Nexus One though, but I'm afraid I need advice on what my best options are.
I am in the UK. Vodafone are going to be offering the Nexus One in March, both with a contract and pay-as-you-go. I have heard prices touted of €179 with contract and €529 without, which mirrors the dollar values. But assuming I want PAYG, why wouldn't I just buy it from the US and have it shipped to the UK, since $529 = £325 whereas €529 = £461. Is there an advantage I'm not seeing in waiting for the official UK version to be launched? Is it possible they'll stop shipping the $529 version to the UK once Vodafone starts offering it for more money?
If buying from the US for $529, I will have to separately buy a SIM, yes? (This where my knowledge falls down.) How do I pick one, and what restrictions are there on which ones will work?
If using the Nexus One as a wireless internet device, there's no charge, right? The phone data rate will only kick in once it's outside the range of a wifi network it has access to? So would it work without a SIM just without the phone aspect of the device?
Basically I would like an idiot's guide to what to do after ordering the phone from the US, if that's my best option. For instance, I'm a bit hazy on exactly what SIM cards one can buy and what they provide. You can buy "pay monthly" SIM cards, right? Is that any different from having a contract?
And what else am I not even asking that's relevant?
(For context, if you want a laugh, this is my current phone
Thank you so much for your help!