That said, other sources have said the phone could be postponed until 2009, according to CNET. But TmoNews claims to have a reliable flow of information. They say the phone will retail for $399, or $150 with a two-year T-Mobile contract, and that initially the phone will only be offered to existing T-Mobile customers, with the general public only getting a look-in in October.
Currently known as the HTC Dream, the phone is a 3G handset with a slide-put Qwerty keyboard, touch screen, and three-megapixel camera. Look under the hood, and you’ll find Google’s fingerprints in the software and mail services – indeed, TmoNews reports that a Gmail account will be mandatory.
The blog also said that it will probably require a T-Mobile 3G data plan, although no details have been released, and T-Mobile won’t even confirm the release date. But as the company really only has 3G rolled out in two cities – New York and Las Vegas – to date, that could prove problematic. They’ve promised up to 25 cities by the end of 2008.
But T-Mobile does offer HotSpot@Home, where customers can switch between cell service and Wi-Fi, which also allows VoIP for an extra $10 a month.