(Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone based on Google's Android software, The New York Times reported, citing people briefed on the company's plans.
The high-end phone, which will be made by the world's top smart phone maker High Tech Computer, is expected to challenge Apple's iPhone as well as other smart phones that run software from Palm, Research in Motion, Microsoft and Nokia Oyj.
The phone is expected to go on sale in the United States before Christmas and perhaps as early as October, the paper said.
Neither Google nor T-Mobile immediately returned calls seeking comment.
Last November, Google introduced its highly anticipated Android software system for designing mobile phone devices, in a move it promised could help the cellphone industry make the Internet work as smoothly on phones as it does on computers.
(Reporting by Tenzin Pema in Bangalore; Editing by Paul Bolding)
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