Well, as a follower of the Android revolution over the last 8 months or more this is heartening news, if not just for the fact that perhaps one of our major telcos is pulling finger. XT - one phone release won't make or break you but missing the boat on Android? Priceless - at least that may be the way you contribute to the direction of TNZ's share price. Look, I have no allegiance to either major telco but I grow tired of their 'great range of phones' which clearly are not.
I agree with others an 'official' supplier of the N1 is ideal but the reason I've held off so far is that this was the first incarnation of the phone and it would likely have issues that would be massaged out in later releases (such as the HTC Desire). If VF is serious, they should not rest on the laurels of one release (as with the 'Magic') as since the N1's release, there are a lot more serious contenders waiting to push it off the top of the Android mountain, many of which are releasing now, if not soon.
Lastly, I appreciate VF has a voice via Paul on these forums. Unfortunately, I don't understand why our incarnation of VF plays so close to it chest. If you have plans that are about to be announced about the N1 within a few weeks - say so! XT can't do anything about it, they're still dousing the embers of their recent issues. Take a leaf out of VF UK - tell us what's coming so we can pre-order. Keep us in the dark and you simply risk us buying another phone from a competitor and using their network.
I'd love to hear more of your opinions, is this possible release of the N1 a watershed moment for Android in NZ? If the iphone 4 does come out mid/late year and has significant improvements, I'm begining to think it will make Android's fate in NZ that much more doubtful.