A Business Week article by Olga Kharif is reporting on recent statements by Moe Tanabian at IBB Consulting, who claims to have seen the first Android phone for T-Mobile. Tanabian has said that the new phone will support the rumored T-Mobile App Store, which we expected, and that the initial device, at least, will probably lack support for Microsoft’s Exchange email servers.
As an avid Exchange user, allow me to be the first to say “ouch.”
Tanabian told Business Week that users will likely have to rely on Gmail for push email support, at least initially. He also remarks on Google powered in-phone advertising:
The phone will come with Google’s advertising software pre-installed. Customers who opt in to receive mobile ads from Google may be offered to buy the phone for a lower price, and may also pay lower monthly service fees. The Google platform will serve ads based on your interests and location, provided by the phone.
The story also says that Tanabian “believes” that the display will be larger than that of the Apple iPhone. This is slightly curious since the man claims to have seen the device in person. I suppose it could simply mean that he was unable to tell for sure, probably not having had the chance to view them side by side. That said, the phone would have to be quite large if it is to look anything at all like what we have thought in the past.
He then goes on to confirm the presence of a trackball and says that in the future the device might even support T-Mobile’s @Home WiFi UMA service. Lastly, he tells Business Week to expect the phone around Thanksgiving (late November), not in the September-October time frame we’ve recently heard.