March 22, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
Google Android is now available in Italy courtesy of TIM selling the HTC Dream. For the low price of free with contract, or €429 for prepaid customers, Italians can own the first phone sporting Google’s mobile operating system.
I’m sure plenty of people stateside would love to get a G1 for free or through a prepaid option, but that probably won’t happen since the G1 is T-Mobile’s biggest earner. Besides, the deal was probably sweetened because TIM has to contend with Vodafone bringing the HTC Magic to Italy next month. A newer product is going to get more attention, so TIM has to hook customers somehow.
Don’t quote me on this, but I believe Italy is the 12th nation to have direct access to a G1/Dream phone through an official service plan. Australia, Austria, Britain, Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and the United States are the previous Android countries.
Can anyone think of another country (besides U.S. territory Puerto Rico) with a carrier-supported Android phone?