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Deutsche Telekom finally launches smart speaker, includes rental option

It has been a long time coming, but Deutsche Telekom has finally launched its Smart Speaker. Billing it as the first European smart speaker, the operator will be offering it for €150, or a lease of €5 per month. Integrated into its smart home and media offerings, the speaker is joining a very competitive market, and will test the appeal of the joined-up experience over the off-the-shelf approach. The purchase price is a bit steep these days, although the launch promotion of €100 is more reasonable, compared to the likes of Amazon’s Echo family and Google’s Nest lineup. However, it is being billed as having “sumptuous sound quality,” and so it is not really fair to compare it to the…

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