Pricing, sale date set for Motorola Cliq
T-Mobile today issued details on the launch of Motorola's Android handset, Cliq: it costs $199 with a two-year contract and pre-sales for existing customers begins Oct. 19.
The [Cliq impressed industry observers](/mobility/article.php/3838651/Cliq+Motorola+Finally+Makes+Its+Android+Play.htm) when unveiled at Motorola's press event Sept. 10, but absent was any news of the first Android-powered handset slated for Verizon, also made by Motorola, and code-named Sholes.
Sholes, a.k.a. A855, recently passed muster with the FCC.It will support EVDO Rev A and Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, but no other details are available.
October will see the culmination of several firsts for Android that have been in the works for some time.
The touchscreen HTC Hero, $179.99 after rebates, is Sprint's first smartphone running on Google's open source mobile platform. It's also the first Android phone with a redesigned user interface. Called HTC Sense, the new user interface offers a multi-panel, customizable home screen with Internet-based widgets.
The Hero is also the first Android phone to go on sale that's not under contract with T-Mobile, which sells the G1 and myTouch.
With the Cliq, Motorola debuts its first Android-powered handset as it mounts a comeback in the mobile sector with a slew of new releases in time for the holidays.
And, with the mobile rumormill in full gear with reports of Motorola's Sholes-A855-Tao coming soon, Verizon may be added to the list of firsts for Android.
(Cliq photo courtesy of: Motorola)