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AT&T to jump on the Android bandwagon

AT&T may be the target of numerous attack ads from Verizon, but the company still has something that the other mobile service providers can't “officially” have: the iPhone. Love it or hate it, the iPhone has revolutionized the way we look at smartphones and every and their grandma is looking to get on the full-featured, app store-havin' bandwagon.

When it comes to contenders to the iPhone in the smartphone market, Android-based phones seem to have the best shot at winning over customers. Verizon already has two strong entries with the Motorola Droid and Droid Eris. T-Mobile already has the G1, myTouch 3G and the new Google Nexus One. AT&T has been sitting on the sidelines when it comes to Android-based phones and seemed content with providing users with endless streams of BlackBerries and iPhones – until now.

Dell's Lionel Menchaca announced today that Dell will be offering its Android-based Mini 3 smartphone to U.S. customers via AT&T's network. The Mini 3 definitely won't win a specs war with the likes of the Droid or Nexus One, and it isn't exactly a looker either -- but it's a decent start for AT&T.

According to PC World, the smartphone has a 3.5" 360x640 display, Bluetooth, a miniSD slot, and a 3.2MP webcam. All other specs are up in the air at this point.

According to Dell, the Mini 3 will be available on AT&T's network in the first half of 2010.

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Is this still a good thing?
By R6Raven on 1/6/2010 4:53:51 PM , Rating: 5
The Mini 3 definitely won't win a specs war with the likes of the Droid or Nexus One, and it isn't exactly a looker either

With all the beatings AT&T has been handed lately, I don't think they can afford to offer a phone that's as lack-luster as their service...

RE: Is this still a good thing?
By nafhan on 1/6/2010 5:11:03 PM , Rating: 3
It's going to boil down to how fast (or slow) the phone actually is and how much it costs. If price and performance are in line, I could see this phone selling fairly well.

RE: Is this still a good thing?
By teng029 on 1/6/2010 5:19:30 PM , Rating: 2
i'd be curious to find out what exactly the selling point would be for this phone. it looks like an iphone knock-off, the specs are nothing to write home about, and AT&T's network still sucks. It isn't even a significant release for the android OS like the Nexus One or Droid is.

so unless AT&T starts handing these out like samples of Tide, i just don't see it gaining any ground on existing smartphone offerings.

RE: Is this still a good thing?
By RjBass on 1/6/2010 7:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. When you can upgrade to an iPhone for only $50 these days, the Dell phone best be free.

RE: Is this still a good thing?
By LANDRY1986 on 1/6/10, Rating: -1
RE: Is this still a good thing?
By leexgx on 1/8/2010 4:24:52 AM , Rating: 1
please code your site to auto ban and remove when that site is posted daily tech cant be that hard (press preview autoban that account and remove when that site is posted or any banned site like that spam)

you could even ban based of spaces but that be more complicated

RE: Is this still a good thing?
By omnicronx on 1/7/2010 1:39:35 PM , Rating: 2
Its called entry level, paying a few hundred dollars for a phone AFTER signing a long term contract is not everyones idea of a good deal.

There are vast amounts of people (probably far more so in the market for high end smartphones) that are looking for a cheap phone that works.

Oh goodie...
By Nfarce on 1/6/2010 5:23:13 PM , Rating: 5
A fine match made in customer service hell...

I would likely buy one
By Raedrik on 1/7/2010 12:55:07 AM , Rating: 2
While likely not a powerful as the recent droid and nexus one, I would likely buy this when it becomes available assuming Dell doesn't botch it up. I had been longing for Android but am in contract with AT&T (glad I had been holding off on an iPhone).

Besides, this still has a larger resolution than the iPhone's 480-by-320 and should have Android's flash compatibility.

RE: I would likely buy one
By Fox5 on 1/7/2010 2:35:32 AM , Rating: 2
The Nexus One is already $530 without contract and $180 with, that's damn cheap for a brand new top of the line smart phone.
Dell is going to have to price this under $400 without contract and under $100 with if they want a chance.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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