So you’re thinking to yourself, “ok so now I know which markets T-Mobile is deploying 3G in this year, but what about some new 3G handsets?” It’s a fair question and we’re glad you asked. Say hello to the latest handset to be announced by T-Mobile US, the Sony Ericsson TM506. It’s no G1 but it is most definitely a solid and sleek basic handset with more than enough juice for the typical mobile user. And beyond that, it rocks a UMTS antenna ready and waiting to eat up T-Mobile’s AWS 3G spectrum. Some music, maestro:

  • Size: 3.7 x 1.9 x 0.69 inches, Weight: 3.4 ounces
  • Talk Time: Up to 9.5 hours GSM; up to 3.5 hours UMTS (approx.)
  • Standby Time: Up to 250 hours GSM, up to 250 hours UMTS (approx.)
  • 2.0 Megapixel Camera
  • Media Center
  • aGPS Built-in
  • TeleNav Navigator
  • RSS Feeds
  • MyFaves-enabled
  • Audio Postcard
  • Quicksend
  • Mobile Backup (T-Mobile Address Book)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 / A2DP / Stereo streaming
  • Tri-Band GSM (850/1800/1900)
  • Dual-Band UMTS (1700/2100)

The TM506 will be available in early September directly from T-Mobile online and in stores. Pricing info hasn’t been released yet but expect this puppy to be pretty affordable as T-Mobile gives its shiny new 3G networks a push.