Android phone to roll out across Europe

Mobile operator T-Mobile is to roll out its best selling G1 mobile phone, currently only available in the UK and US, to a range of other European countries over the next few weeks. Made by Taiwan-based HTC, the G1 uses the Google Android OS and features a touch-sensitive screen, QWERTY-type keyboard and built-in WiFi. The G1 will compete directly with the Apple iPhone.

T-Mobile plans to offer the G1 in the Netherlands, Czech Republic and Austria later this month, and will move into Germany and Poland in February. In Germany the phone will sell for 1 euro when linked to a two-year contract with T-Mobile. One major advantage of the G1 phone's Android operating system is that, unlike that of rival iPhone, it is open and can be adapted by third party application and content developers.

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