With just about every other carrier in America working on (or already finished) debuting a high-speed data network, it’s pleasant to hear that T-Mobile anticipates rolling out its new 3G network to key locations across the U.S. by the end of 2008. What is even more exciting is that signs are suggesting that, in conjunction with the 3G launch, T-Mobile will be launching the HTC Dream loaded with Google’s Android mobile operating system.
CNET, one of my more favored sources for anything fun and gadget-esque, reports that T-Mobile currently has 3G in place in New York, and will be making it available to such large cities as Atlanta, Birmingham, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Portland, D.C., Sacramento, San Diego, Tampa, Seattle, San Francisco, L.A, Miami, Memphis, Long Island, Minneapolis, Orlando, Philly and Detroit, amongst others, by the end of 2008. That’s a relief, considering T-Mobile isn’t particularly known for making an effort to be up with the times in just about any regard.
What’s even more exciting is that, along with the launch of the 3G network, rumor has it that T-Mobile will be releasing the HTC Dream, a handset equipped with Google’s yet-to-be-released mobile platform Android. Any reader of Blorge will know that I’m a huge fan of what HTC can do with a mobile device, and the Dream, coupled with Android, should be pretty impressive.
There isn’t a lot of information on the HTC Dream as of yet, but HTC does brag that the Dream will be the first handset boasting Google Android. Additionally, the Dream will have a haptic feedback-equipped touchscreen with outward navigation controls, a full qwerty keyboard that either swivels or slides away, and of course, the undying appeal that comes with being the first phone with Android.
If, in fact, T-Mobile has somehow managed to convince HTC and Google that it is worthy of distributing the first Android-based touchscreen to the market, I might just be forced to change my stance on the lack-luster carrier. Then again, rumors are rumors. All we can do is hope, right?