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Sprint's Android Moment

SAN DIEGO -- CTIA WIRELESS IT & Entertainment -- Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) has become the latest major carrier to unveil an Android phone.

The third-ranked U.S. cellular operator has been showing the Samsung Corp. Moment off here at CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 2009. Sprint plans to release the smartphone on November 1 at a price of $179, including all rebates. (See Samsung Has Moment With Sprint.)

The Moment doesn't look hugely dissimilar from existing phones using the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) open-source operating system, such as the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) G1. It is, however, one of the first Android devices to use the 3G Evolution, Data-Only CDMA technology (EV-DO).

Not for long, however: Verizon Wireless has just announced that it will soon unveil its first 3G CDMA Android devices. (See Verizon & Google Build on Android.) This means that there should be more than 10 official devices using the platform by the end of 2009:

Table 1: Android Phones & Devices Due by Early 2010
Vendor Phone/Device Carrier Market Launch Date
Acer A1 TBD TBD Late 2009
Acer AOD520 N/A Global Late 2009
Huawei U8220 "Pulse" T-Mobile Europe Q3 2009
HTC G1 T-Mobile USA/Europe Nov-08
HTC G2 Magic "MyTouch" T-Mobile/Bharti Airtel/Vodafone USA/Europe/India Summer 2009
HTC Hero T-Mobile/Sprint/Cellular South/Orange USA/Europe 2H09
LG Electronics GW620 TBD TBD Late 2009
Motorola Cliq T-Mobile USA Q4 2009
Motorola "Sholes" Verizon (Not Confirmed) USA N/A
Samsung i7500 "Galaxy" O2/Bouygues France/Germany Summer 2009
Sources: Unstrung, Information Week, DigiTimes, Engadget, Phandroid.com, Slashgear & vendor news releases

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is now the only major U.S. carrier that hasn't inked an Android deal.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

joset01 12/5/2012 | 3:54:40 PM
re: Sprint's Android Moment

FYI, I need to update the table when I get back off the road, seems like we're looking at 18 Android devices on the market by 2010 now.



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