Google Android Phone to Cost $199

By Reuters  |  Posted 09-18-2008 Print Email
The first mobile device running Google's Android operating software will be released in New York on September 23.

The first mobile phone to use Google's Android mobile operating software will cost $199, the Wall Street Journal reported on its Web site on Wednesday.

The phone, which features a slide-out keypad, is being manufactured by Taiwan's HTC and will be sold by Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA unit, which plans to unveil the device at an event in New York on September 23.

AT&T, the only U.S. operator selling Apple's iPhone, set the price of the latest version at $199 in July, setting a benchmark for smartphones that can surf the Web, manage email and other multimedia features.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, said T-Mobile USA plans to release new data service plans in conjunction with the Google phone that will be "aggressively priced."

Google, HTC and T-Mobile USA declined comment on the pricing for the phone.

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