As expected, Australia has its first official Android phone with the launch today of the HTC Dream, initially available on Optus The arrival of a locally supported Android model is welcome, as is the news that Google applications won't count towards data usage. But it's a pity that the price plans are the usual-for-the-market mishmash of access costs plus extra phone charges and other minor conditions. In practice, this is the big-picture story for 24-month contracts: $74 with 500MB of data, $92 for 700MB data and unlimited texts, $122.95 with 1.5GB of data and free calls to any Australian number, and $132 for a similar deal with 3GB of data. Nick at Gizmodo reports that the phone isn't locked to an Optus SIM, but since it's not being sold as a standalone, it's still effectively an Optus-only deal.
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