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T-Mobile makes waves with its new G1

It's been nearly a year since Google first officially announced its plans to develop an operating system for mobile phones and today we see the launch of the first phone using Android. The T-Mobile G1 was launched today at a press event in New York City.

Starting with the hardware, the phone itself measures 4.60" x 2.16" x 0.62" and weighs in at 5.6 ounces. The device features a 3.17" touchscreen with a 480x320 resolution. The G1 supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA and of course GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi.

For those that aren't quite sold on the Apple iPhone's touchscreen-based "soft" keyboard, the T-Mobile G1 features a qwerty keyboard which is revealed by turning the device on its side and sliding the keyboard upward. Other niceties include a built-in 3.1MP camera and a microSD slot (a 1GB microSD comes pre-installed).

The T-Mobile G1 will be available at launch in black, brown, and white.

Microsoft has already announced that it is developing an applications store similar in concept to Apple's iTunes App Store called "Skymarket". Google will launch what it calls Android Market. Given that the T-Mobile G1 uses a Google-based operating system, Google Maps (complete with Street View and Traffic View) and YouTube applications are pre-installed on the device. Google’s newly launched Chrome web browser will also make an appearance on the G1 in the form of “Chrome Lite”.

Another direct shot is taken at Apple in the form of a dedicated Amazon MP3 Music Store application designed for Android. Customers will have access to over six million DRM free songs starting at just $0.89 each. Customers will be able to download the songs directly to the G1, but a WiFi connection is required for over the air downloads.

"Amazon wants to make it easy for customers to discover, buy, and play their music wherever they happen to be--whether sitting at their computer or on the go," said Bill Carr, Vice President for Digital Music and Video. "We look forward to the release of the T-Mobile G1, which will put Amazon MP3's vast selection of low-priced DRM-free music at the fingertips of even more customers in more places."

The T-Mobile G1 will be available October 22 for $179 with a two-year contract. Data plans will start at $25 for unlimited data and limited messaging; while unlimited data and messaging will set you back $35.

According to BusinessWeek, T-Mobile is expected to sell 200,000 to 400,000 of the phones before the end of 2008. Analysts for iSuppli expect that figure to grow to as many as 9 million units globally for all of 2009.

You can catch Walt Mossberg's first impressions of the device here.

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Nice phone
By FITCamaro on 9/23/2008 11:17:34 AM , Rating: 3
Too bad its on TMobile.

Hopefully some Android powered phones will be on Verizon in the next 6-12 months.

RE: Nice phone
By Souka on 9/23/2008 11:25:45 AM , Rating: 1
So it's "EDGE" network right?

RE: Nice phone
By noxipoo on 9/23/2008 11:27:07 AM , Rating: 1
think so, don't think T-mobile launched their 3G service yet.

RE: Nice phone
By Brazos on 9/23/2008 11:47:42 AM , Rating: 2
I just ck'd the T-Mobile coverage map and they seperate the 3G coverage from the Edge network. Looks like all of the Houston metro area is 3G. Very nice.

RE: Nice phone
By ebakke on 9/23/2008 12:54:48 PM , Rating: 2
27 (I think) major metro areas will have launched by Oct 9. Many already have.

RE: Nice phone
By ebakke on 9/23/2008 12:57:17 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Nice phone
By DM0407 on 9/23/2008 3:44:30 PM , Rating: 2
Tmobile said my area was covered and I never got service. Use the "coverage map" with a grain of salt.

RE: Nice phone
By ebakke on 9/23/2008 5:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
3G service, or EDGE service?

RE: Nice phone
By amanojaku on 9/23/2008 7:57:53 PM , Rating: 2
The 3G network is HSDPA/UTMS; EDGE/GSM is 2G.
What cities are available with 3G service?
Metropolitan areas with T-Mobile’s 3G coverage:

Birmingham - Coming Soon
Denver - Coming Soon
Detroit - Coming Soon
Kansas City - Coming Soon
Las Vegas
Los Angeles
Memphis - Coming Soon
New York
Philadelphia Phoenix
Sacramento - Coming Soon
San Diego
San Francisco
Tampa - Coming Soon

RE: Nice phone
By lightfoot on 9/23/2008 11:53:21 AM , Rating: 1
I'll take Google/TMobile over Apple/AT&T any day.

However mixing and matching the hardware with the service that you want would be ideal - but alas it's not the way things work in the good ole US of A in the wireless industry.

RE: Nice phone
By Dean364 on 9/23/08, Rating: -1
RE: Nice phone
By Denigrate on 9/23/2008 4:07:04 PM , Rating: 5
Yes, because form is always better than function.

RE: Nice phone
By amanojaku on 9/23/08, Rating: 0
RE: Nice phone
By daniyarm on 9/23/2008 8:27:29 PM , Rating: 4
And if you want NSA to read every single SMS and email that you send and listen to every single phone call go ahead and sign up with AT&T.

RE: Nice phone
By LatinMessiah on 9/23/2008 2:37:58 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. I have way more confidence in Google than in Apple, which is why I never got the iPhone.

RE: Nice phone
By robinthakur on 9/24/2008 8:46:59 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed that the way the business works in the US is a little weird to a european. Personally, I think the phone is ugly and not a great first stab at design, and the interface looked a little unresponsive from videos I've seen. I'll probably give them a while to refine it before dipping my toes in the water. Probably after my iPhone 3G conks out (which I am happy with currently) and assuming its better than rubbish old Windows mobile, how bad can it be?? The only bad thing is that I can't use iTunes with it so none of my music, and that will probably decide what I do more than anything. Also I've had bad expereinces with HTC and their questionable build quality in the past to know that specs alone do not tell the whole story.

RE: Nice phone
By Shadowself on 9/23/2008 12:42:12 PM , Rating: 2
Supposedly shipping on 22 October.

At that time T-Mobile will have 16 markets covered with their G-3 service, 22 markets by mid November and at least 25 markets by Christmas.

RE: Nice phone
By silversound on 9/23/2008 3:05:43 PM , Rating: 2
I dont think it will be on verizon because verizon does not support sim card. Most of the carriers in the world uses sim card, so i think they will google will try to fit majority of the people.
T-mobile is nice & cheap, hope they improve their singal more. Google phones' apps look nice, but too bad the phone just too ugly. iphone still rulz!

RE: Nice phone
By Rodney McNaggerton on 9/23/2008 8:30:35 PM , Rating: 2
Why so they can under power the hardware?

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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