Things are all cyclical, aren't they? First, T-Mobile was the early adopter and only supporter of Android, then Sprint stole the shine by releasing the HTC Hero, then Verizon took them all to town with the release and ad onslaught of the Motorola DROID. Now there's rumors flying around that point both the HTC Passion and Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, two highly anticipated Android phones, to T-Mobile. If all true, once again, T-Mobile will be the carrier for Android devices.

Tmonews is hearing that the HTC Passion, the device with a 1GHz Snapdragon Processor and immense touchscreen, will be available on T-Mobile. The launch is targeted for January but we're not sure how the recent delay affects the release. There's little detail on anything else. Even though rumors are pointing to T-Mobile, we still wouldn't rule out a Verizon release just yet.

For the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, we had originally pegged it as a future AT&T device but it looks like that has changed. AndroidGuys has a document floating around that lists the 1700 MHz band (the T-Mobile 3G specific band) on the XPERIA X10. Since, no other carrier uses 1700 MHz like T-Mobile does, it's rather safe to say that it's heading to Magenta.

If T-Mobile does pull this off and carry two flagship Android devices at once, it's going to be huge for the carrier's brand, growth, and future success. We're definitely excited to see T-Mobile get back in the mix at the high-end for Android, they definitely deserve it after investing and believing in Android before anyone else.

 
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I was hoping Verizon. T-Mobile deserves it though.

Anonymous says:

I dislike how phones never have both the 1700Mhz and 1900Mhz spectrum for UTMS/3G allowing for easy portability between T-Mobile and AT&T. Ugh.

Anonymous says:

Tt's because T-mobile signs a contract with HTC & Sony to bring the phones to their networks, so they decide which bands get it. Same reason why they lock their phones to their own carriers, so people can't easily switch to a different carrier.

In the rest of the world where people buy phones up front and then go to whatever carrier without contracts, there's more incentive to make phones that work on as many carriers as possible. But most consumers in the U.S. prefer the low starting price $99-199 instead of $399+ for a phone to start with, even though the contract and high monthly charges end up costing more over the life of the contract.

gquaglia says:

AT&T will not be getting ANY Android devices as long as the iphone is exclusive. I very big mistake on their part.

Anonymous says:

I'm not sure TMobile having the best Android devices will do enough for them. It would be a small boost to them, sure, but for Android to really continue growing at it's current paces, the flagship devices need to be on the #1 and #2 carriers. Maybe Sprint... but I'm not sure if they are strong enough to even carry Android where it needs to go. Imagine the XPERIA X10 on AT&T going head to head with the Passion on VZW. While I like the Sony device more, it wouldn't be enough for me to switch providers, but it would almost be like 5 years ago, where you chose your carrier based on coverage/service/convenience rather than a shiny 3 year old model phone :P My two cents... Long Live the DROIDS (i know that's VZW's branding choice, but it's catchier than Android, it doesn't matter what carrier)!!

Tash says:

Tmobile has one of the best customer care. And their new pricing plans are pretty completitive. They are trying. Now if they improve their coverage they are good to go because they already have the best phones. Plus they will probably get the iphone next year as well. Everytihng is opening up. And I am starting to get the feeling that more telecoms are getting more phones without exclusive. I mean the blackberry 9700 came to tmo and att at almost the same time. So its kindda like we are kinnda getting the phones with discounts but we are also seeing multiple carriers getting it.

Even if they come out for one some versions of it will come for another even if its 4 months later with a different name and upgraded hardware.

jdschrock says:

I'll be very excited for either of these devices to come to T-Mobile. Though my personal preference is with the Ericsson, I'm certainly not opposed to going with another HTC device once I read up on it a bit more. It's gonna hurt a bit paying full price since I'm on Even More Plus, but the lack of contract and super low unlimited everything cost is the whole reason I'm there. I'd be hard pressed to leave good old Magenta for any of the other carriers at this point. Viva la Android!

Jace G says:

Tmobile 100% deserves these phones. The only reasons such high performance
Phones may be better suited for At&t or Verizon is network coverage (tmobile still has
A small 3G coverage map) and they have far better advertising (they flood the markets with ads).

Although Tmobiles 3G coverage is planned to increase tremedously in 2010 plus in the major cities where they have rock solid 3G the speeds and capabilities rival that of At&t's if not faster.

Point being Tmobile has a better value for services, support, and increasing network plans for 2010 so hell yea if they get the higher end android phones.

(Posted from a G1)

Jeff says:

BGR is reportingthat there will be two variants of the X10 one with TMO 3g 1700 and the other with ATT et al #G bands.

JL says:

Careful with that 1700 MHz talk. Remember the Galaxy?

Hamill8152 says:

I hate to be the bearer of bad news for you guys here but with some digging around I found this line on the Sony Ericsson product page for North America:

Networks

UMTS HSPA 800/850/1900 only available for phones sold in Americas (except Brazil) and Australia. UMTS HSPA 900/1700 not available for phones sold in Americas. UMTS HSPA 1900/2100 available worldwide.

here is the link:

http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/products/mobilephones/overview/xperiax10...

So, straight from the horses mouth - no T-mo in the good ol USA

Of course that is unless I'm completely wrong then you can just ignore this post.

Miguel says:

Everyone has known about the 1700 band being available only outside the U.S. This is old news and has been on SE website for months. Today's news is that it will be available in the U.S. for a certain carrier.

Anonymous says:

AT&T has Android devices and more likely they will have more of them next year. I think almost 50 new Android devices will be release in 2010, and with Android 2.0.* AT&T will need these phones for new customers. And considering dumb AT&T will implement a usage fee for data for iPhones, I can see a lot of people pissed with AT&T. I like it to come to T-Mo, since they have the cheapest plans compared to others, and if you are living in a good coverage area and don't travel a lot, what is the difference of having a fully red/blue map anyway :).