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Huawei Powering T-Mobile’s Latest Crop of myTouch Devices

T-Mobile USA is adding two new phones to its myTouch house brand of smartphones, with both devices being built by China’s Huawei.

The new myTouch and myTouch Q devices pack 1.4GHz processors, five-megapixel cameras and four-inch WVGA touchscreens, with the Q version also featuring a slide-out keyboard. Both devices are expected to go on sale Aug. 8 and are priced at $49.99 with a new two year-contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate card.

The new phones build on the “genius button” included on past myTouch devices. The latest version of the feature offers a variety of voice-controlled options, including Web search, app launch and other services powered by Nuance’s Dragon technology.

Separately, prepaid carrier Consumer Cellular said on Tuesday that it is adding a Huawei smartphone as part of its lineup. Consumer Cellular, which partners with AARP, is selling the 3.8-inch touchscreen Huawei 8800 for $175.

Huawei and fellow Chinese device maker ZTE have been making inroads in the U.S. market, in part based on their willingness to make devices sold under the carrier’s brand name. Past myTouch devices have come from — among other companies — Taiwan’s HTC.

That’s not to say that the two companies aren’t still looking to make a name for themselves. Huawei has said that it aims to boost its brand image in the U.S.

The company plans to announce a new brand marketing campaign under the “Access Smarter” tagline. Huawei is kicking off the push with a hands-on exhibit at the Taste of Chicago event this week and plans to sponsor other events with carriers later this year.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik