With all the new announcements of Android 2.2 and future releases that Google showed off today, T-Mobile has announced a release date for a phone that likely won’t be able to take advantage of all of it. The next in T-Mobile’s myTouch line, the myTouch 3G Slide will be coming to the masses on June 2, just a few days before the EVO 4G.
Releasing the phone so close to the EVO 4G isn’t the only mistake made by T-Mobile on the myTouch 3G Slide. The phone wil cost users $180 compared to the $199 of the EVO 4G. That’s after a $50 mail-in rebate, making users pay $230 up front for the phone. The EVO 4G does have a rebate as well, but buying it at Best Buy will make it automatic. That means that those wanting a myTouch 3G Slide will pay $30 than those who will buy the Android phone with the best available specs.
The one upside in comparing the myTouch 3G Slide to the EVO 4G is that the contracts will be cheaper for those who want more than 450 or 500 minutes (Sprint and T-Mobile lowest available plans, respectively). The price difference is only $10, though, so if you’re in a 4G area and want to use the EVO 4G as a WiFi hotspot, it’ll be only $20 more with the second plan. The myTouch 3G Slide is meant for those who want physical keyboards and aren’t exactly comfortable with diving right into smartphones, but the pricing still doesn’t make any sense. For the same $180 you can get the Nexus One (while it’s still available online), and for an extra $20 an EVO 4G or even an entry iPhone 3GS (and presumably the next iPhone when it’s announced). T-Mobile needs to think a bit more about how it prices phones compared to other phones on the market.