My friendly local Vodafone retailer told me that the shops have been told that the Vodafone will start stocking the N97 Mini at last. He thinks it will be in the next month or so - and priced around the $999 mark.
I seriously considered getting this phone before I got my Nokia E72 - but right now I love my E72 to bits and I cant live without it. In a strange twist of fate - Vodafone no longer sell the E72 - I wonder why.
Though I might be tempted if Vodafone stocks the 18 carat gold plated version I saw on the Nokia web site: