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Dropbox to be preinstalled on Deutsche Telekom Android phones – but not in Germany

Dropbox has struck a deal with Germany’s big telco, Deutsche Telekom, that will see the cloud storage app preinstalled on the carrier’s Android(s goog) devices across all of its central and eastern European markets – well, almost all.

The partnership was revealed late Tuesday in a Dropbox blog post that referred to “select central and eastern European countries”. Germany’s not included, a DT spokesman confirmed to me on Wednesday morning. This is unsurprising because DT has its own cloud storage service, TelekomCloud, that is specific to that market.

The countries where DT will be promoting Dropbox as of October this year – both through preinstallation on Android devices and marketing to both iOS(s aapl) and Android users – include Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Montenegro, Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.

It’s only a preinstallation deal for now – there’s no free premium Dropbox services or zero-rated data usage, for example. However, the Dropbox blog post said this was just the start of the partnership, and “we’ll share more news in the next few months.”