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It has been two months with big sport events as the UEFA EURO Cup and the Beijing Olympics, covered for the first time not only on TV but also on Internet and mobile phones. And competition has not been intense only in Beijing these days among the Phelps, Bolts or Nadals, but also between the biggest challengers to Nokia’s reign in the handset market.

On 11 July Apple launched the much awaited 3G iPhone in 21 countries, and 20 more would follow on 22 August, including Singapore, Philippines or India. The 3G iPhone has not disappointed, though some complained about 3G connectivity issues supposedly linked to its Infineon chipset, and promised to be fixed in the next iPhone software update. Still the launch can be considered a great success with more than 6 million units being sold in the first 2 months.

iPhone competition has not taken any break, and the first Android handset is rumored to be launched by T-Mobile US as early as September. The handset comes from Taiwanese vendor HTC, and has been dubbed Dream, although the official name will be G1, reminding it is the first Google phone in the market. Equipped with a sliding full qwerty keyboard, a full web browser and a powerful CPU,  it will have access to plenty of applications to download from Google’s App Market. I can not wait to grab one.

In parallel, RIM is about to launch its Blackberry Bold, targeted to keep the heavy email business users away from iPhone, and adding functionality such as iTunes sync, GPS, Wifi and HSDPA support. Even some iPhone users might switch back to this beast from RIM once they realize email is so much easier.

Competition is great, both at the Olympics and at making us mobile users happy.

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