T-Mobile may see the first Android device in September with 3G support too

T-Mobile may see the first Android device in September with 3G support too

Summary: I had a chance to spend a little time with an early Android device at Mobile World Congress and the latest news is that HTC is still on track to deliver the first Android device before the end of 2008. According to TmoNews we may even be able to order one as early as 17 September from T-Mobile USA. I am returning my iPhone 3G today and if this rumor is true I think this will be my next mobile purchase.

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T-Mobile may see the first Android device in September with 3G support tooI had a chance to spend a little time with an early Android device at Mobile World Congress and the latest news is that HTC is still on track to deliver the first Android device before the end of 2008. According to TmoNews we may even be able to order one as early as 17 September from T-Mobile USA. I am returning my iPhone 3G today and if this rumor is true I think this will be my next mobile purchase.

According to their trusted source the Open Handset Alliance/Google Android phone will be priced at US$399 full price or US$150 for existing T-Mobile customers. Apparently, you may have to be an existing customer to get in on the mid-September pre-sale so my patience with staying with T-Mobile for the last 6 years and waiting for their 3G network may finally pay off. T-Mobile USA has been good at rolling out UMA and some other interesting technologies, but is way behind on 3G and high end smartphones and really needs something like an Android device to bring in subscribers to compete with AT&T and the iPhone or Verizon/Sprint and their high speed EV-DO networks.

Rumored specs of this first product have the device running 3G (there may actually be a higher data plan required too), touch screen, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a 3 megapixel camera. I use quite a few Google services and am very interested in a device optimized for these services and running 3G with T-Mobile since I always have a very strong T-Mobile signal where I live and work. Thanks to the Boy Genius Report for the link.

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  • Fingers crossed

    I hope they roll this out to South Florida. I have hated my cell service ever since ATT bought Cingular. I look forward to kicking them to the curb!
    brittonv
  • A Slide Out QWERTY?

    Why not using touchscreen?
    gagahput3ra
    • Not everyone likes touchscreen...

      While the Iphone may look cool its not that functional for everyone and not every phone has to be an Iphone. That soft keyboard simply doesn't work with me and my big hands and many others have said the same. I prefer to feel some keys to aid in typing.
      storm14k
    • love the full qwerty

      qwery is much better than any touch screen keyboard. It's nice to be able to type and actually feel the keys and you get the added bonus of seeing everythign on the screen at the same time without the keyboard using up half of it. http://htcsource.com
      nickmgray
  • RE: T-Mobile may see the first Android device in September with 3G support too

    A touch screen is the vogue for a while! They will get better but they do it for me as my friend is partially sighted.There is no alternative for him!

    I am not too keen on first releases of Android as they maybe buggy.I would love to have opensource Symbian under Nokia.Least we know its relatively stable.
    The Management consultant