AT&T to add to momentum for phones with Android

AT&T to add to momentum for phones with Android
Ralph de le Vega, CEO and President of AT&T's Mobility and Consumer Markets, speaks at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. AT&T Inc. is adding cell phones running Google's Android operating system to its lineup, bringing what could be the iPhone's greatest rival into the fold of the device's sole U.S. carrier.(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(AP) -- AT&T Inc. is adding cell phones running Google's Android operating system to its lineup, bringing what could be the iPhone's greatest rival into the fold of the device's sole U.S. carrier.

AT&T's head of consumer services, Ralph de la Vega, said Wednesday that AT&T plans to sell five Android phones from Dell, HTC and Motorola during the first half of this year. De la Vega was speaking at an event Wednesday ahead of the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

is shaping up to be the strongest challenger to Inc.'s - more than 30 million of which have been sold in the past 2 1/2 years.

With AT&T's announcement, the four largest U.S. wireless carriers will offer phones running Google's software. There are about 20 such phones on the market, including ones made by Motorola and HTC and Inc.'s own Nexus One, which was announced Tuesday.

Also Wednesday, De la Vega said AT&T will sell phones running Palm Inc.'s WebOS operating system in the first half. Palm offers two phones with that software, the Pre and the Pixi. Both have been offered in the U.S. only by Sprint Nextel Corp.

Dell has already built versions of its phone, called the Mini 3, for carriers in China and Brazil. Its efforts to expand to the U.S. market is part of its effort to diversify. Its main customers, U.S. corporations, have slowed spending on technology since the economic meltdown of 2008. Once the largest PC maker in the world, Dell has slipped to third behind Hewlett-Packard Co. and Taiwan's Acer Inc. The one bright spot in the business, the consumer PC division, has become less profitable as people have leaned toward inexpensive portable computers.


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Jan 07, 2010
ATT SHOULD BE TAKING MORE TIME IN DEALING WITH THE ILLEGAL AND ILLOGICAL TREATMENT OF IT CUSTOMERS BEFORE IT GO FOR MORE HIGH TECH. It failure to rid itself of slamming practices and creeping rates after an agreed on charge is place is on most likely the main reason it is loosing its clients and income. Stockholders see this very clearly, what is ATT'S OFFICERS WAITING FOR, the FCC,and the FTC to arrest them all.

Jan 08, 2010
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