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Sony Ericsson Bows New T-Mobile 3G Phone

Research Triangle Park, N.C. – Sony Ericsson is launching its first T-Mobile cellular phone in many years and the company’ first phone to use T-Mobile’s AWS 1.7/2.1GHz spectrum, which the carrier is using to roll out 3G service.

The new TM506, due in early September, is a 3G HSDPA model with built-in GPS and clamshell design. It has a 2.0 megapixel camera and removable Memory Stick Micro (M2) card for storing music. It includes stereo Bluetooth for streaming music to headphones and for hands-free calling and built-in GPS for use with Telenav turn-by-turn directions.

The phone will come in chrome, amber or emerald colors with an outer display to check caller ID. It operates on GSM/GRPS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA networks and has a talk time of up to 9.5 hours on GSM or 3.5 hours in UMTS.

Pricing has not yet been announced.