According to reports from last week, T-Mobile, not Sprint, will likely be the first carrier to launch Android-powered mobile phones. And T-Mobile will likely be the U.S. carrier that will work the most with Google.
But, this could all change if AT&T signs on for Android. As the largest carrier in the U.S., AT&T has the subscriber base and the clout to help make Android a hit with consumers.
As the leading business-focused wireless carrier, AT&T could conceivably help push Android phones into the business market, especially if AT&T were to white label Android devices designed specifically for business users.
Of course, this is still a rumor at this stage. Plus, as I pointed out two weeks ago, there is nothing in Android's Terms of Service that would prevent AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile from launching locked-down Android phones, either.
What do you think? Will AT&T join the Open Handset Alliance? And if the company does will AT&T offer truly open Android phones or will the carrier just lock down any Google devices it carries on its network?