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3 Networks Bets Big On Android Platforms With Six Handsets In 2010

The smallest of the independent mobile network operators, Hutchinson Whampoa's 3 Network, has confirmed that it will be bringing significantly more Android smartphones to the market in 2010.

The company said that it will introduce six models based on Google's platform before July, up from one. It is currently selling the almost obsolete HTC Hero but has already announced that it will also stock the HTC Desire when it launches next month.

Sony Ericsson and Samsung Android handsets will also go on sale on the network shortly. This could mean that the Xperia X10 will soon be available for 3 customers.

David Kerrigan, the head of Internet services at 3UK, also told Mobile News (opens in new tab), that more than 400,000 customers on 3 are now using Skype although he failed to mention whether or not these were actually bringing revenues for the network.

He said that "We are focussed heavily on providing our mobile internet-powered applications and will make them available to more people this year." before adding "These applications have been important in driving mobile data and will be available as an add-on for all contract tariffs going forward."

Our Comments

Apart from the fact that network coverage from Three is patchy and inconsistent at best (because we've experienced it first hand), there's also the fact that 3 Networks has slowly become one of the more expensive networks on the market as the other four have gradually upped their game.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.