T-Mobile battles the subsidy beast (by raising prices)

T-Mobile CMO Cole Brodman said if he had a magic wand he would use it to eliminate subsidies in the wireless industry. That’s big talk for a carrier, but apparently T-Mobile is willing to do something about it: raise data plan prices on subsidized phones.

T-Mobile’s CTO Talks Up Android — Going Forward, Apps Are Key

brodmanCole Brodman, chief technology and innovation officer at T-Mobile USA, provided details on the company’s continuing plans for the open-source Android operating system in a keynote address at Open Mobile Summit today in San Francisco. In the company’s fourth-quarter lineup — a period that promises to see lots of Android action — T-Mobile will feature four Android-based phones: the Motorola CLIQ (now available), the Samsung Behold II (coming soon), the T-Mobile G1 and the T-Mobile myTouch, according to a report provided to us on his keynote. Brodman also offered up specifics on myTouch and Android application usage trends. Here are the details. Read More about T-Mobile’s CTO Talks Up Android — Going Forward, Apps Are Key

T-Mobile to Launch Samsung’s Google Phone

[qi:gigaom_icon_google-android] Samsung Behold II, the first an Android phone sold by the South Korean handset giant, is coming to the U.S. via T-Mobile USA, the two companies announced today. The new device will carry Samsung’s TouchWiz user interface and will work with T-Mobile’s high-speed 3G network. It is currently scheduled to launch before the start of the holidays. The phone has a 3.2-inch OLED screen, a 5-megapixel camera, visual voicemail, a music player with up to 16GB of external memory, and GPS. Read More about T-Mobile to Launch Samsung’s Google Phone

Today in Mobile

The buzz surrounding Mobilize 09 continued to build this week with the news that mobile software guru Andy Rubin will join Om for a fireside chat at the Sept. 10 event in San Francisco. Rubin, who helped create Google’s mobile OS company before becoming the company’s vice president of engineering, joins an impressive speaker list that includes T-Mobile USA CTO Cole Brodman and Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha, who will launch the OEM’s lineup of Android phones. If you’re interested in attending — and I’m looking forward to meeting many of you at the show — please visit our registration page to buy tickets.