T-Mobile USA debuts myTouch 3G

T-Mobile USA launched its second phone based on Google's Android platform, the myTouch 3G, amid a flurry of other late-summer smartphone launches. The launch of the myTouch 3G solidifies T-Mobile's position as the leading carrier proponent of Android in the United States. However, other wireless carriers, including Sprint Nextel and Verizon Wireless, have stated their intentions to launch Android devices.

The HTC-made myTouch 3G is essentially a rebranded HTC Magic. The smartphone features a 3.2-inch HVGA touchscreen display, no physical keyboard and a 3.2-megapixel camera. The myTouch 3G also has WiFi capabilities, video playback and a music player that comes pre-loaded with a 4 GB microSD card. The gadget will sell for $199.99 with a two-year service contract.

Additionally, T-Mobile is launching its own application bundle in Google's Android Market, called AppPack. Applications in the offering include Sherpa, imeem mobile and Movies by Flixster, plus T-Mobile applications including myAccount, myFaves, HotSpot Locator and Visual Voicemail.

Separately, The carrier launched Research In Motion's Blackberry Curve 8520 today for $129.99 with a two-year contract. The phone features a Qwerty keyboard with dedicated media keys, WiFi and a 2-megapixel camera.

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