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T-Mobile to offer Android device in 2008
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
Q: Is the network UMTS or HSDPA?
A: Right now it’s HSDPA 1.8. But HSDPA 3.6 is just a software upgrade, and T-Mobile Europe is already running networks on HSDPA 7.2. What we’re seeing with test devices is a very good average experience in the 600 kilobit range, with bursts into a megabit or slightly north of that.
Q: Where are the smart phones, data cards, etc?
A: We’re moving and working very hard with the Open Handset Alliance,
and that’s our focus. You will see at least one Android based converged device from T-Mobile this year. More converged devices are weeks, rather than months, away. PC Cards won’t be our core focus, but early in the new year we may have a data-card-like product.
Q: So does this mean you’re finally lifting the ban on Opera Mini?
A: Through Android and OHA, we really hope to open up the third-party apps space. I don’t think that will just sit at the top end, but is it going to be in the lower-end devices? Probably not. (In other words, still no Opera Mini for you Nokia Series 40 users)