Unlike iGirl, I don’t own an iPhone nor was I willing to wait in line earlier this month at an Apple store to buy one. I am currently a T-Mobile subscriber and considered staying with the company just because of its new home-phone service. But T-Mobile doesn’t offer 3G Internet service in OC and I’m getting tired of waiting.
However, T-Mobile tells me that 3G service is on the way for Orange County. It’s already available in New York, Las Vegas, San Antonio and Austin. For the rest of us, T-Mobile is “launching additional 3G markets throughout the year and will end the year with 3G coverage in 20 to 25 core markets,” said David Henderson, with T-Mobile.
[UPDATE 8/28/08: Psst: T-Mobile’s 3G one-third less than AT&T’s iPhone plan ]
As for the rumored Android-friendly HTC Dream phone, Henderson responded with this: “T-Mobile is on track to bring an Android based phone to market in Q4.”
Waiting for Android means I won’t have to switch cell-phone companies. And I won’t have to deal with Apple’s MobileMe mishaps. But it will be the first Google phone and sure to have bugs. Then again, it will be the first Google phone!
There are at least 1,788 Android applications in development (here are the 50 finalists in Google’s contest), which rivals Apple’s Apps store (currently around 2,121 apps as of today). On Monday, Google released its complete beta developers kit. (If there are any OC developers out there, let me know. I’m working on a story about all of this.)
So, are there some more good reasons to wait for Android?