With roughly 1 million units of the G1 sold to date, T-Mobile and HTC are prepping the myTouch 3G for a late-July release in hopes of delivering another successful cell phone that runs on Google’s Android to the masses. It’s a carrier-customized version of the HTC Magic, bringing a 3.2-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen as well as internal goodies like AWS 3G that’s compatible with T-Mobile’s high-speed data network. It’s got quadband EDGE for global roaming, WiFi, a 3.2 megapixel camera as well as Exchange support.
The myTouch is also fitted with Android 1.5 so you can get in on the virtual keyboard frenzy. Current customers will be able to pre-order the unit beginning July 8th for $199 with a two-year contract, having the phone in-hand by late July. The rest of the public will be able to grab one in early August in a black, white or “merlot” finish.
Not too long ago, T-Mobile launched a trial calling plan in San Francisco that blessed customers who had been loyal T-Mobile customers for atleast 22 months to get an unlimited nationwide voice plan for $50 a month. Now, the company’s launched the program nationwide so if you’ve been with the company for the designated amount of time, then you should give customer service a call and get on that plan.
T-Mobile originally launched the G1 in 3G markets alone but now their unleashing the phone to any person within walking distance of a T-Mobile USA store or “eligible” partner store. If you’re in an EDGE market and end up grabbing one, let us know how you fare.
Originally when T-Mobile unveiled the G1, the small print talked of a 1GB cap of data usage. The info was put on front page and now T-Mobile’s retracted the data cap and has chosen a more user-friendly approach. Check the letter below:
“Our goal, when the T-Mobile G1 becomes available in October, is to provide affordable, high-speed data service allowing customers to experience the full data capabilities of the device and our 3G network. At the same time, we have a responsibility to provide the best network experience for all of our customers so we reserve the right to temporarily reduce data throughput for a small fraction of our customers who have excessive or disproportionate usage that interferes with our network performance or our ability to provide quality service to all of our customers.
We removed the 1GB soft limit from our policy statement, and we are confident that T-Mobile G1 customers will enjoy the high speed of data access over our 3G network. The specific terms for our new data plans are still being reviewed and once they are final we will be certain to share this broadly with current customers and potential new customers.”
At today’s G1 Press Conference in NYC, T-Mobile announced that the Android-based phone will launch on October 22nd for $179 with a 2-year contract. UK will get a chance to grab the phone in early November and other Euro countries like Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands are expected to get the G1 in early first quarter of 2009.
The G1 features WiFi and 3G radios, a 3-megapixel camera, and support for the Android Market and Amazon’s mobile MP3 store, giving owners apps and tunes on the go. Already with T-mobile? Then you’re in luck because you get to pre-order the G1 today.
Check out more images of the phone HERE.
The above picture is the first stock photo of the G1, Google’s Android phone that’s set to be unveiled in the morning (10:30 a.m. ET). We’re guessing some guy over a T-Mobile couldn’t hold it in for another 12 hours. We’ve got more images below, so be sure to scroll through.
The specs of the phone have also been leaked. The dimensions are 4.6 x 2.16 x 0.63 inches and it weighs 5.6 ounces, features a 480 x 320 HVGA display, is 3G-ready and has GPS. The G1 also has a 3.1-megapixel camera and supports up to 8GB of memory. It’s reported that it will hold 5 hours of talktime and 130 hours of standby.
What’s more interesting about the phone is that it won’t be doing video capture, won’t have stereo Bluetooth, and will require a Gmail account. Also, the phone’s not going to be sold outside a 2-5 mile radius of T-Mobile’s 3G coverage areas.
Seems a bit odd, but we’ll get official news in the morning, so be sure to tune in!
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Google’s G1 Android phone for T-Mobile:
We thought this day would never come. T-Mobile’s given an official date on when they’ll be showing off the highly-anticipated Google Phone. T-Mobile USA is set to unveil it alongside Google next Tuesday at a news conference in New York.
The G1 phone, which is being manufactured by HTC, doesn’t hit stores until October, but T-Mobile’s ready to let loose about the Android-packed gadget. We might even hear about the price (crosses fingers). T-Mobile’s the first carrier to market the phone and expect others to follow suit.
They haven’t gotten as much exposure as they’d hoped but when you’re competing with Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s Blackberry line, it’s a cold world out there.
Google’s not worried, though. They want their services on all cell phones, including their ad services. Of course Google’s already created the software to do that. We’ve heard about the Android app store that will rival that of the iPhone. Rumors are though that it won’t have Microsoft Exchange Server, which will make things a little tough for Google, if they want to enter the cell phone market with a full head of steam.
Google showed off the handset at a developer conference in London on Tuesday. Next week, Google and T-Mobile should start to reveal whether Android will live up to the hype.