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T-Mobile Preps Next Android Phone

T-Mobile US Inc. says it is getting ready to launch the next Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android phone on its network soon.

PR representatives for the operator sent out an email saying that it "is planning to offer the follow-on device to the T-Mobile G1 early this summer." The teasin' T-Mob, however, isn't giving much more information on the actual device or when exactly it will be in stores, just saying that there will be "more details later this month."

In all likelihood, however, the phone will be the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498) "Magic," since it has already been approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . The Magic is currently available through Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) in Europe. (See Magic Touch.)

T-Mobile's affection for the Android platform is no huge surprise. The firm says it has now sold more than 1 million G1 handsets in the U.S., and that the Android Market app store has nearly 5,000 programs available for download. All of this adds up to more data traffic on the operator's network, as all the major carriers in the U.S. look to IP traffic to bolster revenues.

Certainly, T-Mobile needs a new device, or devices, to raise its proile as two more high-profile smartphone launches are expected this summer. The Palm Inc. Pre is coming on June 6, while the next 3G version of the Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) iPhone is also expected to be unveiled later this month. (See P-Day May Hold Surprises and AT&T Boosts 3G Networks.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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