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New gPhone (myTouch 3G) Coming in Early August

Has the myTouch 3G already lost to the iPhone?

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T-Mobile has announced that the sucessor to it’s semi-popular G1, the myTouch 3G, will become available in early August.

The myTouch 3G will be extremely customizable, unlike Apple’s iPhone. Users will be able to choose menus, wallpapers, icons, themes and skins. Will being customizable be enough to lure iPhone users away?

myTouch 3G

Has the myTouch 3G already lost to the iPhone, even before its release? Tell us what you think.

The phone will come in three colors: black, white and maroon … err… sorry, I meant distinctive "Merlot". (Why is Merlot a distinctive color?)

A new exclusive app that T-Mobile is hyping is called Sherpa. Below is some detailed info…

myTouch 3G's Sherpa app

Created by Geodelic, Sherpa features GENIE (Geodelic ENgine for Interest Evaluation), a learning engine that automatically customizes itself to the user’s preferences. Through behavior and user feedback, the application learns a person’s likes and dislikes, prioritizing recommended retailers, restaurants and attractions. Seamlessly blending behavior recognition, a recommendation engine and location relevant information, this combination of learning is exclusive to Sherpa and unlike any experience currently on the market.

Below are two lists, the specs and Google services offered on the new myTouch 3G…

  • 3.2-inch HVGA touch-screen
  • Virtual keyboard (portrait or landscape)
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Music player (pre-installed 4GB microSD card)
  • Enhanced video capabilities
     
  • Google Search
  • Google Maps (with Street View)
  • YouTube
  • Picasa
  • Gmail
  • Google Talk

Sure, the myTouch 3G sounds good on paper… but how, or will, it compete with the iPhone? Ali asked this question the other day, and got some pretty good feedback.

This will be the true test for T-Mobile.

If you’re interested in the myTouch 3G, T-Mobile will begin taking pre-sales on July 8th. The phone itself will be released in early August.

New gPhone (myTouch 3G) Coming in Early August
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  • http://www.havocmarketing.com/ Havoc Marketing

    Hi Jeremy,

    I really don’t think that myTouch3G will pose a serious threat to iPhone. It could give some competition to iPhone but I don’t think it will be able to completely lure iPhone users to switch over to T-Mobile.

    Thanks for the great post.

    Mani Raj
    Havoc Marketing

    • Jeremy Muncy

      At this point in the game… I don’t see how the gPhone could catch up.

      It would take some unprecedented screw ups on Apple’s part… which I don’t see happening.


      Jeremy Muncy
      Follow me on Twitter twitter.com/jmuncy”>@jmuncy

  • Guest

    I for one am very excited to get myTouch3G. I’ve been using an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile for a while now.

    I like T-Mobile’s network where I live and the call quality is excellent. I’ve been testing their 3G network out here in LA and I like what I see. They don’t have 80 million users clogging up the network so at least in my area it’s all mine for the taking. ;-) No complaints here!

    I text and email a lot for my business. Using a virtual keyboard is good for quick stuff, like searches. An actual keyboard is a must. If only the MyTouch had a slide out keyboard. It would be awesome.

    I would have preferred a 3.5 mm jack, but when I stop and think about how many times I’d need it it’s really a moot point. I use my Nano for music and a BT headset for calls while driving.

    Discuss more about this phone at http://www.myTouch3GForum.com, I usually hangs out there.

  • J.J. Anderson

    I think the MT3G will most likely be one of the best-kept recent secrets of the cell phone world. The reason why the iPhone has such a huge following is primarily based on the fact that Apple and it’s products are SOOOOO well-known. They’ve got the power of advertising and proven track record of loyal users.

    The iPhone’s touch interface was revolutionary but others are catching up quickly. If Tmobile continues to build its 3G network and comparable apps are availabe for the MT3G, then it’s going to be a great race.

  • http://www.zingwiz.com Tristan

    I agree with Jeremy. Apple was first to the plate. Pretty much anytime a completely new product is rolled out, whoever gets there first is the leader until something that is actually much better comes along, not something that is the same. The only thing that could really sway things for either side is if MyTouch competes on price in a significant way, or offers rebates, etc (like $50 with 2 year contract or something). But then, I’m sure Apple wouldn’t stand by and watch it’s market share get the life sucked out of it.

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