MTN, through an exclusive partnership with local HTC distributor Leaf International Communications, will launch the HTC Dream mobile handset – the first in South Africa to feature Google's Android operating system – this month.
The HTC Dream gives users one-touch access to Google products such as Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube.
Unlike other operating systems that treat search functionality as an "extra", the Android operating system was moulded around the core of search functionality.
The software is open source and allows users to download a host of free applications as well as customise every facet of the HTC Dream, from the dialler, browser and photo viewer, to the core applications normally locked into the operating system.
The HTC Dream features a 3,2-inch (8.1 cm) display with a resolution of 320X480. The touch-sensitive screen navigation is finger friendly and intuitive, with the display switching from portrait to landscape when the keyboard is opened. It has a sliding five-row QWERTY keyboard that comes with a set of six navigation buttons.
The HTC Dream includes a GPS receiver and a microSD card slot that supports storage capacities of up to 16GB. The device comes standard with a 1GB microSD card. A web browser lets users display up to eight web pages simultaneously. Applications integrate with one another, alert users to events occurring in other applications and allow them to switch in and out of functions while on a call.
"The HTC Dream with Android will cater for any type of user whether you are a university student or the CEO of a company. By giving our customers instant access to Google services, we are ensuring that MTN sets the pace with innovative and convenient product offerings in both the local and African telecoms market," says Donovan Smith, GM: consumer segments at MTN SA.
MTN is offering the phone to customers on the MTN AnyTime 350 package for R529.00 per month, which includes R350.00 worth of airtime and 100MB worth of data per month.