Verizon Wireless will release the HTC-built Nexus One March 23, according to the blog Neowin, which cited an unnamed Google employee. Google, which is selling the device through its own online store, has previously confirmed that Verizon eventually will join T-Mobile USA in offering service for the gadget, but the companies have not set a launch date. Verizon has reiterated that it will not be selling the device, but only that it has approved the Nexus One to run on its network,
The timing of the announcement means that Verizon will launch the phone the day the CTIA Wireless trade show kicks off in Las Vegas. Verizon and Google first announced their strategic partnership the day before the CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment show started last fall.
Vodafone will support the device in Europe later this spring.
Speculation about when Verizon will launch the Nexus One kicked into a higher gear last week after several news outlets reported that a CDMA version of the phone passed through the FCC's certification process. The Nexus One, which runs Android 2.1, is currently available unlocked for $529 and for $179 with a two-year contract from T-Mobile.
A Verizon spokeswoman declined to comment.
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