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)
  • GSM/GRPS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA

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.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.