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
|Huawei||U8220 "Pulse"||T-Mobile||Europe||Q3 2009|
|HTC||G2 Magic "MyTouch"||T-Mobile/Bharti Airtel/Vodafone||USA/Europe/India||Summer 2009|
|LG Electronics||GW620||TBD||TBD||Late 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