BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming launch of the T-Mobile® myTouch™ 3G Fender™ Limited Edition, and a partnership with legendary musician and Fender guitarist Eric Clapton to help unveil the exclusive new phone.
As part of the myTouch 3G marketing campaign, which has featured a variety of iconic artists including comedians, musicians and sports figures, Clapton’s commercial will debut on national TV on January 20, supporting the availability of the device nationwide in select T-Mobile retail stores and online at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com. In the ad, Clapton will showcase a personalized myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition.
The Fender Limited Edition puts a rock-and-roll spin on the original T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google™, offering a fresh design and enhanced features to create a unique mobile music experience. The device will ship with preloaded Clapton classics including “Layla,” “My Father’s Eyes,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Heart,” and “Wonderful Tonight,” and T-Mobile is a proud supporter of Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.
Designed in partnership with Fender, the new limited edition myTouch has a Fender guitar sunburst-finish inspired design. The Fender Limited Edition comes equipped with an array of features for an enhanced music experience — a 16GB microSD card to house thousands of songs/videos, a 3.5mm headset jack for headphones and an enhanced music player. The music player, developed by HTC, offers an intuitive user interface that allows for toggling between different views or for changing a song or album by simply touching the album art. It also allows customers to create ringtones from songs that are playing.
“In a modern culture that forms an essential bond between music, mobile devices and one’s individual lifestyle, Fender is very proud to partner with T-Mobile on the exclusive new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition,” said Mark Van Vleet, senior vice president of Business Affairs, Fender Musical Instruments. “This is an exciting and innovative way to connect people to their passion for great music wherever they go, and we are thrilled to share this news with our customers and fans.”
Content preloaded on the phone includes popular Android™ Market applications, Guitar: Solo and Musical Light. To accompany the preloaded Clapton tunes, the device also will ship with songs from Wyclef Jean, Avril Lavigne and Brad Paisley. New accessories allow further customization and usability, including additional Fender-branded shells, a Fender carrying case, screen protector, and Rock Dock, a docking station equipped with speakers.
“The myTouch 3G, which runs on Android, gives us an open, highly customizable platform to create truly unique experiences that go beyond what’s possible on proprietary platforms,” said Andrew Sherrard, vice president of product development, T-Mobile USA. “The new limited edition myTouch is a perfect example of this innovation and personalization, and we are excited to bring our customers this special limited edition, feature-rich, music-inspired device.”
With the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, T-Mobile is introducing a customized multimedia sync solution in partnership with Silicon Valley startup doubleTwist™, allowing customers to easily take advantage of the phone’s advanced media features. doubleTwist is a free software application that enables users to easily manage and sync their music, videos and images from a Windows®-based PC or Mac directly to their mobile device. doubleTwist automatically finds all of the music already on the computer and allows customers to import their iTunes playlists, providing full media management functionality. An exclusive T-Mobile version of the software will be pre-loaded on the new limited edition so customers can simply connect their device to their computer for a seamless installation experience. The software offers a sleek, intuitive interface for syncing and managing music and other media. T-Mobile also will offer the customized version of the software to customers using other T-Mobile Android devices.
The new limited edition myTouch also offers the popular features and same great technology as the original T-Mobile myTouch, including a highly personalized experience, with home screen customization and more than 16,000 applications available from Android Market. The device also offers customers one-touch access to the Google™ mobile services that millions use every day including Google Search by voice, Google Maps™ with Street View, YouTube® and Picasa®. The Fender Limited Edition, which runs Android 1.6, is expected to be updated to Android 2.1 this spring.
Pricing and Availability
The T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition is expected to be available starting January 20 nationwide at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-MobilemyTouch.com, while quantities last. The device will cost $179.99 (plus taxes and fees) with a new two-year service agreement and qualifying voice and data plan. See www.t-mobile.com for details.
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A sneak peek of the Eric Clapton advertisement is available at http://www.fender.com/news/. Additional video of the myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition, including the exclusive interviews with Eric Clapton, will be available on January 20 at http://www.t-mobilemytouch.com/mytouch-videos.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the third quarter of 2009, almost 151 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.4 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standards. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.
Fender® is the world’s leading guitar brand and a name that is synonymous with rock ‘n’ roll. Iconic Fender instruments such as the Telecaster®, Stratocaster®, Precision Bass® and Jazz Bass® guitars, and amplifiers such as the Bassman®, Twin® and Deluxe™ are known worldwide for starting the rock revolution and continue to be highly prized by today’s musicians and collectors. For more information, visit www.fender.com.
doubleTwist’s (www.doubletwist.com) mission is to create a seamless digital media experience enabling consumers to enjoy all of their media in an open ecosystem, in partnership with OEMs, carriers and content providers. Founded in 2006 by digital media interoperability pioneer "DVD Jon" Lech Johansen and Monique Farantzos, doubleTwist is backed by Index Ventures, Horizon Ventures, Northzone Ventures, Alex Zubillaga and Michael Ovitz. doubleTwist is based in San Francisco, with offices in Tokyo.
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