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Audio bug fixed, operator offers Ice Cream Sarnie phone

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Confirmation - if it was really needed - that Vodafone was holding back the Samsung Galaxy Nexus because of the infamous volume drop glitch: the day after Google and Samsung fix the bug, Vodafone starts selling the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich handset.

The operator is offering the dual-core smartphone free on a £41-a-month two-year plan that includes 900 minutes of call-time, unlimited texts and 750MB of mobile data.

The Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the UK on 17 November. Immediately, Vodafone said it was holding the handset back for further "testing".

Other carriers released the phone anyway - and straight away owners complained that audio volume would suddenly plunge during calls, typically when the handset switched from a 3G connection to GSM. ®

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