T-Mobile G1: $179

T-Mobile G1 Keyboard

I just watched the New York press conference announcing the T-Mobile G1, the first handset to use Google’s Android mobile OS. It’ll be available October 22 in the US, November in the UK, and Q1 ’09 across Europe. Price is $179 with a two-year T-Mobile contract. Two data plans available: $25 with unlimited data and some SMS, $35 with unlimited data and SMS.

Aside from the previously leaked details, Google released the rest of the specs and launch apps. The G1 avoids the pitfalls of the iPhone keyboard by including a slide-out QWERTY keyboard aside from the touchscreen. Additional notes from the presscon:

  • G1’s browser is Webkit-based, just like Chrome.
  • G1 syncs with Google services, but will not offer desktop sync.
  • G1 won’t work as a tethered modem.
  • G1 comes with a built-in accelerometer.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin dropped by the event. Sergey himself created an app for the phone: a drop timer using the accelerometer. Needless to say, it’s not in the app store.

I probably won’t want the G1 if and when it comes to the Philippines — the 3-megapixel camera and lack of tethering are both dealbreakers for me. The G1 looks like it’ll give the general populace an affordable taste of the Android, with later models pushing the OS further. Are you getting a G1?

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4 Comments (with 1 Conversation) on “T-Mobile G1: $179”
  1. larrisa12002 says:

    I’m fine with the G1. I use with a prepaid SIM without any load since if there’s no wifi signal, it automatically switches to 3G. If I’m away from home and there’s a wifi signal, I use it to scan my bookmarked websites including email. I note interesting items which I later view on my PC. Otherwise, as a standalone computer, its great: touch screen, google maps, GPS, bar code scanner, podcast scanner and other great apps. Its worth every centavo of the 16K pesos I paid for it at Ebay

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