We’d been wondering why T-Mobile was lurking about at Google’s Music event, and we’ve finally cleared things up: T-Mobile will be Google Music’s first carrier partner, allowing their subscribers to charge their track purchases directly to their monthly bill.
This isn’t the first time T-Mobile has been quick to have Google’s back; the world’s first Android phone, the G1, launched exclusively on T-Mobile’s shelves months before anyone else had an Android handset of their own.
They were also the first US carrier to support carrier billing for purchases made through the Android Market — an integration which today’s move obviously builds upon.
T-Mobile also claims that they’ll have a fair amount of Google Music content available exclusively for their subscribers — but outside of some free tracks from Drake and Maroon 5, they didn’t make many suggestions on what that might be. Don’t worry, though, non-T-Mo folks: you probably won’t be missing out on anything too crucial.
T-Mobile is a mobile telephone operator headquartered in Bonn, Germany. It is a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile has 101 million subscribers making it the worlds sixth largest mobile phone service provider globally.
Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including: Gmail, Maps, YouTube, and Google+, the company’s extension into the social space. Most of its Web-based products are free, funded by Google’s highly integrated online advertising platforms AdWords and AdSense. Google promotes the idea that advertising should be highly targeted and relevant to users thus providing...
Android is a software platform for mobile devices based on the Linux operating system and developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. It allows developers to write managed code in Java that utilizes Google-developed software libraries, but does not support programs developed in native code. The unveiling of the Android platform on 5 November 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 34 hardware, software and telecom companies devoted to advancing open standards...