We have always known that the Nokia N900 is a very capable smartphone with a great operating system in the form of Maemo, powerful hardware, and one of the best mobile browsing experiences available. However, the device carries a significant barrier to ownership with regards to its high price of $649, unlocked without a contract. Although it is available for less from some retailers, a major carrier has so far failed to pick it up.
That looks set to change in the UK at least with Vodafone UK listing the device among its selection with a status of "Coming Soon – January." There are currently no details of pricing or usage plans, but we assume the carrier will offer the handset free, or at least with a substantial subsidy, when you subscribe to a long-term, high usage plan. With regards to the US, there have been some long-running rumors of the N900 being offered by T-Mobile, although there hasn't been any further information confirming this. Will we be seeing an announcement in the new year? Or will the N900 remain an expensive niche smartphone for the foreseeable future?[Vodafone UK via Engadget]