Mid-sized Indian IT services firm MindTree Ltd is looking to launch its 3G smartphone based on Google Inc's Android platform in the United States in the second half of this fiscal year, its CFO said. The company is in talks with at least one major U.S carrier for the launch, Rostow Ravanan told the Reuters India Investment Summit on Wednesday. “The hottest prospects for the phone are in the US, followed by Latin America, Europe and Canada,” he said.

In April, the company had announced plans to get into the super-competitive smartphone market. The smartphone market is currently dominated by industry players like Apple Inc's latest iPhone, the BlackBerry from Research In Motion and Samsung Electronics Co's Captivate. “We expect the phone would realise for us somewhere in the region of $300 per phone,” Ravanan said.

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