Come late July/early August I have a decision to make. My contract is up with T-Mobile, and while I’ve had pretty decent service with them ( overall ), there are times where I have been greatly troubled with T-Mobile’s coverage and there anemic G3 support.
I currently have the T-Mobile Wing, and while it’s a decent phone, it’s left me wanting more. I need/want a phone that reacts faster. I love the real keyboard that’s pretty amazing, I like the fairly large screen, but there are many things I wish it did….better.
According to an article in the New York Times, an Android phone is still due to be launched this year. The phone will be made by HTC and first available to T-mobile subscribers. There’s video up on Youtube here that shows what it looks like.
Now I know phone companies and service providers like to set up partnerships to guarantee that someone will buy the phone, but making them exclusive to one company is just bad business. It doesn’t sound like Google will be doing that with the Android, or dream as they’re calling it, but I for one will never own an iPhone while AT&T has exclusive rights to it, I just don’t like AT&T. I know you’re saying, well, stupido, just buy one and crack it! Only problem with that is that I currently have (and like) Sprint for my cell phone provider, but they use CDMA whereas the iPhone is still GSM-only. I’m sure AT&T is loving the exclusive contract, but there doesn’t seem to be anything in that deal that sounds appealing to Apple. They get less sales and have to deal with a subpar service provider.