Optus which has a number of Android-based handsets available launched its first Android-based handset early February last year the HTC Dream which was available to public through Optus on the 16 Feburary 2009.
This story was broken by Android Australia. The X10 Mini has a 600MHz processor a QVGA screen and a 5 megapixel camera. The operating system used is Android 1.6 and not the latest available OS 2.2.
The Sony Ericsson handset is available on the Optus Personal Mobile Store and plans range from $19 to $99 on the â€œyesâ€ social $19 to $79 on the â€œyesâ€ cap and $99 to $129 on the Timeless Max. All plans come with a credit bonus of $50 to $100 if purchased online through the Optus store.
Although the phone isn’t available as pre paid on the Optus site it is available as pre-paid on Telechoice for $349.
The sleeker Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is also available from Optus but the Sony Ericcson X10 Mini Pro which has a physical keyboard wasn’t found on the Optus website at the time of writing this article.
Optus has also recently launched Motorola’s range of Motoblur handsets which have a big focus on bringing together social networking platforms. However the company does not appear to have attracted the same levels of hype with customers around the handsets as Telstra has with its flagship HTC Desire Android handset.