Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Motorola Cliq Gets Release Date, Price

Motorola on Tuesday finally revealed the pricing and release details for its eagerly anticipated first foray into the world of Google Android: The Motorola Cliq will debut on T-Mobile on November 2 for new customers, but existing customers will can sign up as early as Oct. 19.

The forthcoming handset, which was first announced earlier this month at the GigaOm conference in San Francisco, will be priced at $199.99 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. Voice plans for the phone begin at $29.99. Data plans start at $24.99. "[T]he CLIQ's total cost of ownership over the course of a two year contract stacks up well vs. the competition," writes T-Mobile in a press release issued today.

The touchscreen smartphone is built around Motorola's Motoblur OS, a skinned version of Google Android. The software is largely centered around social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Motorola is widely expected to launch a second Android handset early next month. Codenamed Sholes, the device is rumored to be the first Verizon handset to utilize Google's open OS.