For those who have been wondering just hope T-Mobile’s visual voicemail is going to work, a new demo video from T-Mobile should answer most of your questions. The slick user interface allows Android users to easily check voicemail without going through they typical voicemail steps. You can even download the audio files to your memory card and save it for later. TmoNews has compiled a few different video clips that will give you all the ins and outs of T-Mobile’s visual voicemail service.
The image above really tells the whole story here. We’ve known for a long time that T-Mobile is planning on rolling out Visual Voicemail on their network. T-Mobile virtual tour page for the myTouch 3G gives us an indication that they are planning on having an app on the Android Market called AppPackTM that will give myTouch 3G users (and we’re hoping G1 users) access to Visual Voicemail on their handsets.
If you’re wondering why T-mobile would release Visual Voicemail as an app rather than including it in the phone itself, the answer is quite simple. If the myTouch 3G shipped with this application pre-installed, any updates to it would requite an OTA firmware update. Having AppPackTM on the market will make it a lot easier for T-Mobile to improve the service and push out updates to those who want to use the feature.
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Current T-Mobile customers can now head on over to T-Mobile’s website and pre-order the myTouch 3G. As expected, you will need to part with $199 if you are eligible for a full upgrade or else they will be charging you $499. Customers who pre-order the phone can expect to get it in the mail on or before August 3.
One interesting thing that I noticed on T-Mobile’s site is that the image they are showing off features a custom Home screen which looks very similar to aHome which can be picked up from the Android Market. I wouldn’t read much into it, but it could be that T-Mobile will be including the app on your phone so that you have more options to customize your myTouch 3G.
T-Mobile has just released a new video which gives us a quick walkthrough, highlighting a few of the features that will be available on the new myTouch 3G when it launches next month. T-Mobile seems to be focusing a lot on how the myTouch 3G can be customized to make it your own. They even show off a few custom back plates you can buy for the phone and apparently you will have the option to create your own with your personal pictures.
It’s been just over a month since Rogers started selling Android phones and the prices are coming down already. Both the HTC Magic and HTC Dream can be picked up for only $99 with a new three year contract. The first though to cross my mind is that a price drop like this is great for android and for consumers. But after taking a step back an assessing the situation, there might be something bigger at play. Last month, Rogers also launched the iPhone 3G S for $99 as well. Rogers could be working with HTC to lower the cost so that their Android phones match the price of the iPhone. It’s hard for any phone to compete against the iPhone if you can’t event beat it on price.
A second scenario could be that Rogers will soon be launching the HTC Hero with the new and improved Sense UI. Rogers would first want to deplete their current stock of Android phones since I’m quite sure no one would want to buy either of there handsets if they had the option of picking up the Hero.
Whichever way you look at it, the consumer definitely benefits from this price drop on both handsets. Lets just hope that T-Mobile USA drops the price of the myTouch 3G a month after launching it.
Right on the heels of HTC’s unveiling of the Hero, Orange in the U.K. put out a press release, stating that they would be one of the first carriers in Europe to launch the new handset. The HTC Hero will be the first Android phone on the Orange network and will be offered for free to customers who sign up for a £39.15 per month, 24 month contract, which includes 1200 any network call minutes, unlimited texts, as well as inclusive anytime internet browsing. If you ask me, this is probably one of the best contract deals you would be able to find anywhere in the world.
“We’re really pleased to be launching our first Android handset in conjunction with HTC. The first of several Android devices you can expect from us this year, we believe the Hero is a great all round device which will allow consumers to get to grips with all the things they love about the internet, whilst on the move. We expect it to be extremely popular when it hits shelves this summer.” – Francois Mahieu, Director of Devices, Orange UK
We’ve got the full press release after the jump
We present to you a video walkthrough of HTC Hero’s new Sense user interface and a small peak at the new HTC Perspectives which integrates your contacts on your phone with several social media sites. As we mentioned before, Senses looks a lot like TouchFLO 3D on Windows Mobile. It even has the animated weather with rain drops on your screen. Enjoy!