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T-Mobile G1: $179, October 22

updated 11:30 am EDT, Tue September 23, 2008

T-Mobile G1 Official

T-Mobile today announced final details of the T-Mobile G1, the world's first production Android phone and the carrier's first 3G smartphone. The device revolves around its open, Linux-based operating system that allows third-party developers to create apps that can fundamentally change the functionality of the phone and of mobile apps in general. Google itself also gives the device key access to its own software, including a quick jump to Google Search and dedicated apps for Google Calendar, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk and YouTube. Access will be built-in for Android Market, an App Store-like portal for downloading and eventually purchasing third-party software.

Web browsing is based on a similar, open WebKit engine to Google Chrome and Apple's Safari that provides full HTML and a touchscreen interface. A full media player is onboard for AAC and MP3 audio as well as YouTube videos.

The hardware itself connects over HSDPA to T-Mobile's fledgling 3G network and also includes Wi-Fi for short-range networking and a three-megapixel camera for still shooting. GPS is bulit-in and not only supports directions but a unique Street View feature in Google Maps that not only allows browsing at street level but will pivot with the user's own orientation to give them a physical point of reference.

Amazon MP3 is built-in to give customers unprotected MP3 downloads when on Wi-Fi.

T-Mobile ships the device to the US on October 22nd, when it will sell for $179 when joined with a voice plan and a data plan; a new $25 plan offers unlimited Internet access, while a $35 pack adds 400 SMS messages. A UK launch is expected in November, while Europe (including Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands) receives the device in early 2009. Pre-orders start today for existing T-Mobile customers in the US.













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  1. dronkert

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    Not their first

    "the carrier's first 3G smartphone" -- well, except for the iPhone that T-mobile sells in Germany, Austria and Holland...

  1. simdude

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    hmm

    Well, definitely not as s*** as an iPhone, but an unlimited data plan for $25? This, plus a webkit based browser could make this interesting. I've wanted an iPhone, but do very limited calling. A decent mobile browser would be great though. And with a plan $45/month lower than the cheapest iPhone plan, the $540 saved the first year alone would buy a nice iPod Touch.

  1. vasic

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    That's wrong

    Simdude,

    You got it wrong. The $25 is only the data portion of the plan. There are no carriers in the world that sell mobile plans without voice part of that plan. The least expensive voice component on T-Mobile is $40, if I rememember well.

    Therefore, the annual savings on the Android over the iPhone would be around $70 (which includes the difference in plan price, as well as device price).

    Is $70 worth it?

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Huh?

    As stated above..the data plan is $25/mo through T-Mobile and includes unlimited texting.

    The iPhone data plan is $30/mo $20/mo for unlimited texting.

    AT&T costs $25 more a month, not $45. Math is a b****.

    I'm waiting for everyone to complain how [fast/slow] the T-Mobile 3G network is compared to the AT&T network. If T-Mobile's network coverage/performance is any indicator, I'll stick w/ AT&T.

    T-Mobile customer for 6 years (2002-2008)

  1. JulesLt

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    No Flash, lame . .

    Sorry, just thought I'd get that cheap shot in.

    It's more the phone I need than the iPhone, but I want to see what happens as soon as someone creates an app that lets you use it as a tethered modem for a laptop ($25 is cheaper than my 3G data-card and that is restricted to 3Gb per month).

    If indeed creating such an app is possible without cracking the phone (the SDK limits hardware access, and I also wager T-Mobile contracts exclude any home modification of the Linux sub-system).

    It will be interesting to see how the reality stacks up to people's fantasy.

  1. mjtomlin

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    Joined: Oct 1999

    +1

    Plans...

    "As stated above..the data plan is $25/mo through T-Mobile and includes unlimited texting."

    According to the T-Mobile site FAQ...
    $25/mo for unlimited data and 400 messages
    $35/mo for unlimited data and unlimited messages

    These rates don't include a voice plan.

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Dated looking?

    This thing looks like a palm pilot I used to have in the late 90s.

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

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    Re: That's wrong

    You got it wrong. The $25 is only the data portion of the plan. There are no carriers in the world that sell mobile plans without voice part of that plan. The least expensive voice component on T-Mobile is $40, if I rememember well.

    Actually, I think ATT and other carriers offer Blackberry Data plans, which are just plain data plans, no phone.

  1. nebby

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    Better plan vs AT&T

    T-Mobile has a better overall plan here. For about the same overall price (w/taxes), I can get 1000 minutes vs only 450, plus 400 IMs. The only major service item I can think of lacking would be visual voicemail.

    I think AT&T charging an extra $5 for only 200 IMs is a bad deal (especially when it was previously included).

    AT&T needs this competition!

  1. mjtomlin

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    Re: Better plan vs AT&T

    "The only major service item I can think of lacking would be visual voicemail."

    And "unlimited" data is capped at 1GB. After which, data throughput for the remainder of that cycle may be reduced to 50 kbps or less.

    Also let's not forget, the T-Mobile 3G network is only 1/10th the size of AT&T's.

    You should probably consider those things when you base rates and plans.

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