The New York Times expects Apple and Motorola to unveil the much-anticipated iTunes phone next week.

For proof, the report cites telecommunications industry Ovum analyst Roger Entner, who claims he was briefed on the announcement last week.

The report also explains that Cingular Wireless will offer the device on its network when it is launched. The iTunes mobile will be able to support music exported to the phone from a Mac or PC's iTunes library.

It's widely-believed that mobile network operators such as Cingular have been reticent to carry the iTunes mobile because it does not allow them to sell songs to their customers directly, meaniing they make no profit from offering mobile music services.

The Wall Street Journal has published a similar report which also confirms Cingular as the likely US carrier of the phone.

This report also claims Apple will announce new iPod minis based on flash memory.