No word on pricing yet, but manufacturer HTC expects to ship 600,000 to 700,000 of the ‘Dream’ smartphone this year, according to the WSJ. It’s not clear if that’s a U.S. forecast or worldwide — we’ve checked in with HTC, T-Mobile, and the WSJ, and will update if we hear back — but either way, it’s impressive. It’s significantly higher than the 300,000 to 500,000 shipments some observers had predicted, according to the WSJ. And it’s not far below the 1 million iPhones that Apple shipped in its first 74 hype-driven days of sales last summer — a similar timeframe.
If T-Mobile can sell that many phones — and hit a million early next year — that’s the start of a real, sizeable market that software developers can get excited about — the same way they’ve been furiously hopping on Apple’s iPhone platform.
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