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HTC, T-Mobile and Google Announce the G1

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Sep 23, 2008, 9:08 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

Today HTC, T-Mobile and Google announced the first phone running the Android platform, the G1. The G1 has a touch screen that swivels out to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. The G1 is highly integrated with Google's services, and includes one-touch access to Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others. It has a track ball for navigation, a full HTML browser, an HTML email client, and a beta client for the Android Market with several applications pre-installed. Other hardware features include support for T-Mobile's 3G network, Wi-Fi, and GPS. It can fall back to quad-band GSM/EDGE networks for roaming. It has a 3 megapixel camera with photo sharing capabilities, and Bluetooth. It supports a lot of instant messaging services, such as Google Talk and Yahoo Instant Messenger. It will be boxed with a 1GB microSD card, but the device supports cards up to 8GB. It comes in white, brown and black.

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blackcadillacs5

Sep 23, 2008, 6:52 PM

Priority to Tmobile Employees...

😁 a hells yeah...CSRs and TSRs are supposed to have priority and first pick for these phones...just a FYI
I don't know what the big deal is. It's better than the iphone but not better than a whole bunch of other GSM phones.
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xzavier2008

Sep 23, 2008, 9:44 AM

WOW... What a Stupid Phone

Why is it all these phone manufactures are trying to compete against the iPhone. So let me ask: will it interface with a MAC? Can I down load my iTunes? Will it sync with my iCal. Will it push my MAC address book/iCal/iTunes wirelessly? I know iPhone does this on Windows XP and Vista... 😁
No, I don't think it will do those things, and I DON'T CARE! It's NOT an Apple phone. It will, however, have MORE and BETTER apps available for download than the iphone does.
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god that is an ugly phone and on trash mobile. did they think this through? 🤣
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iTunes I'm guessing will be a NO since this phone will not not include FairPlay and or QuickTime so there will be DRM problems. It will play what every other phone (not named iphone) uses which are MP3s. If you are a big itunes user than Android will...
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Because Apple brings touchscreen to the forefront does not mean manufactures should not dare make them. Just because everybody is coming out with touchscreens doesn't make it direct competion to the iphone. Apple was not the first to have the touchscr...
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You mean the iPhone, that when first released didn't have 3G? Have the figured out MMS yet?
so go to AT&T n get an i phone but if you have T-Mobile than this is what you can get. I personally think its kinda cool..i love the fact that they come out with new phones all the time look it not an ipod its a phone be happy that you can put music o...
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The beauty about having an open source, Linux based operating system is that anyone, anywhere will have the capability to make those modifications to the phone if they want to. It may not have that stuff out of the box, but I fully expect it to be ab...
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You people are pathetic... Are you that brain washed from the crappy i products? Or do you just feel like posting stupid questions. MOst pda's will sync with silly macs so im sure this will as well. Im sure if AT&T was sellin this all there would be ...
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It's not an iPhone, so listing a number of iPhone exclusive (or near exclusive) features & decrying it as inferior is rather dumb.

Given Google's commitment to openness, it's a safe assumption this phone will interface with a Mac, though the degree...
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xzavier2008 said:
Why is it all these phone manufactures are trying to compete against the iPhone.


How are they competing? It's a different phone with better features. Most notable difference is the full qwerty key...
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Just Because a phone bears some similarities to the iphone doesn't mean they are outright copying them.

The Iphone changed the perceptions a lot of people had about what their phone should be able to do.

LG, Motorola, and other manufacturers re...
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well, first off:
As everyone has mention before, the iPhone isn't the first phone to come out with a touch screen. It just happened that thier touch screen was better than everyone else's at the time. I remember that the PPC Mogul came out the sa...
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what an iChode
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riotplan

Sep 25, 2008, 12:11 PM

Can somebody quickly explain the pricing??

I thought it was going for $179? Whats all the $299 with a 2 year contract? I am a current tmob customer and would love to get this baby but where is the $179 deal??
That price is only if you are eligible for you FULL upgrade discount. 22 months since your last upgrade discount.
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maokh

Sep 23, 2008, 3:46 PM

Only 1GB?

I think its funny how the G1 is priced slightly less than the iPhone, as if you were getting some sort of great deal. Consumers will exceed the cost of the iPhone upgrading the memory to a competitive amount (8 or 16GB) at retail prices.
I think the point is to allow people to be flexible. Not everyone needs that much memory, like if they're not listening to tons of music. And besides, I'm looking at the good ol' banner ad from Amazon at the top of this page that has a 4gb SD card for...
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Only thing, when AT&T, Sprint and VZW went to a 5gb data cap, people here bitched like someone flew a jetliner into as building. Now TM does even worse with this great phone, its like. "well the average user really doesn't need it, and its not that b...
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mjfadaway

Sep 24, 2008, 10:15 AM

Sprint better be next!!!

Ok AT&T has the iPhone
Verizon is getting the Blackberry Storm
T-Mobile is getting the G1
Sprint...please don't tell me the Instinct is the best you can do???

Its your turn to step up to the plate Sprint...and please don't get Motorola to manufacture your Android device.
ahahahaha sprint is not gonna step up please there going down the drain sr. time to get a real provider like t-mobile and are wonderfull android lol.
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shawnpeck

Sep 23, 2008, 3:13 PM

I ORDERED MINE!

I preordered on tmo's site. I only had the option to get the black or brown. Where is the white?
Only Black and Brown are available for preorder. When device officially launches in stores Oct. 22, white will also be available.
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Good! Now make sure to give us a really good review when you get yours. I want to know your thought of the G1 as a web browsing device. Can the web browser make folders of favorite web sites? So let us know when you get it, post your thought in the Tm...
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I kind of feel silly for even upgrading to one, thanks to the 1gb cap!
Jayshmay

Sep 23, 2008, 3:23 PM

Tmo has a suPer STINGY data cap on 3G data of 1GB!

This is freaking outrageous. And I'm a bored security guard, I do a whole lot of web browsing!

Here, check it out for yourselves:

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/09/23/t-mobile-so ... »
With normal web browsing, 1GB is pretty hefty. I think they're trying to limit super-massive downloads/file-sharing (cause it's only a matter of time til someone writes a torrent app for this 😛 ). I do agree though, 1GB seems a little... stingey for ...
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Odd...thought data was capped at 5GB
This would be ludicris! With the rise in popularity of phones of this type, To stifle the use would only deplete the interest in wanting to purchase a device of this nature. 1 gig is a lot but to take a chance in getting cut off is absurd. If you you ...
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It reads...

"If your total data usage in any billing cycle is more than 1GB, your data throughput for the remainder of that cycle may be reduced to 50 kbps or less."

It says "MAY BE REDUCED". Yeah, maybe they'll cut you off the minute you hit 1...
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truetravis9287

Sep 23, 2008, 6:37 PM

no 3.5 i hate htc!!!!!

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okay how stupid is htc not to put a standard 3.5mm headphone jack on this phone? it is apparently supposed to compete with the iphone but will never be able to due to htc being completely retarded

now im gonna go buy a 3g cause atleast they have the common sense to put a headphone jack on their phone even if it was recessed....
Enjoy.
The 1st ever device by HTC that will have a real 3.5mm headphone jack will be the HTC Touch HD.

Yeah, headphone jack and camera were really, really big selling pointr for me with the Nokia N95-3.

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Or you can just suck it up and get an adapter. Like you would have to do for the iphone anyway...
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psycho dramatic7

Sep 23, 2008, 12:09 PM

GO T-MOBILE, HTC, GOOGLE!!!

AT LEAST WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR LATER FOR THE 3G VERSION. 🤣 ALL YOU LOSERS WHO ARE HATING ON THIS PH0NE ARE JUST JEALOUS. THIS IS A FANTASTIC DEVICE THAT WILL PUT THE IPHONE TO SHAME. THE 3G IPHONE STILL DOESN'T SUPPORT MMS!!!! WHAT A JOKE AND OVER PRICED PAPER WEIGHT! LMFAO
I'm STILL trying to figure out if the G1 has a REAL headphone jack, or stupid 2.5mm jack, or what??? Any idea???
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right...I like how you all are so intranced with this phone. and that it's so much better. I guess the 8GB non expandable memory really says alot. OOOOhhhh and the fact that it doesnt record video just spills with joy. ooohhhh and the fact that it doe...
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shawnpeck

Sep 23, 2008, 6:26 PM

ACCELEROMETER? Also about the browser.

It appears to NOT have an accelerometer. That is a bummer and I hope I'm wrong. That feature is way cool for games.

From the video of the press conf the browser looks awesome. Different sites can be opened at once (tabs) and I think you point to any pic and download it.
Actually there is. One of the google guys confirmed it, saying he made a program to calculate how much time your phone is in the air when you throw it up. Which would require an accelerometer.
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shellis129

Sep 23, 2008, 5:18 PM

Data Plan

I haven't had a lot of time to research info about the phone today so forgive me if this question has been asked and answered...

What happens if we don't have the data plan on our account? I know we have to add it to buy the phone, but once we get the phone, what happens if we cancel the data feature?
Not having researched either I'm 99% positive that just like apple's iphone, and just like sprint's instinct, the data plan will not only be required but may be included in it's own special plan. Don't know though cause sidekick is *technicaly* an add...
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The phone is pretty integrated with Google's applications. It's not going to work without the data unless someone modifies Android to force it to disconnect with everything Google has in the phone. But then you wouldn't have access to the marketplac...
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Beware Tmo has an evil 1GB data cap! ! ! Beware! ! !
tmo3

Sep 23, 2008, 10:20 PM

T-Mobile will only sell this in the cities that already have 3G : (

I just found out that the only retail stores that will be selling this phone are in the cities that already have 3G. As a T-mobile employee (not in a 3G market) i was pretty upset cause i will be losing out on lots of sales! Even though customers not in a 3G market can still get this online..it just sucks for a lot of employees!!!!!
Darkreaction

Sep 23, 2008, 9:40 PM

The fact that It is Open source O.S. will make it better than the iPhone

This phone may not be very good on the eye but its the first phone to run the new OS and I'm sure there will be better looking phones soon to come. Now the fact that it is an Open Source OS will make it faster, lighter, more customizable, and better than anything the iphone or windows mobile device will ever be able to do. So for all you people complaining about " oh well it doesn't do (feature) like the iphone does", It will. Thats the beauty of open source. People will make lots of features that are popular in other phones and some new features that will be great and they will be free.
ogfish

Sep 23, 2008, 8:40 PM

I'm sorry but this kills the phone...

The fine print in T-Mobile's new HTC Android G1 data plan shows that it has a soft cap of 1GB of data transfer per month. If that 1GB limit is exceeded, T-Mobile reserves the right to throttle back the speeds at which the 3G network can be accessed down to 50Kbps.




Not a smart move, why put a cap on such a highly intensive data phone? tmobiles 3g is weak as is but to reserve the right to drop your speed from 1.3mbps to 50kbps just for going over 1gb of data on a phone BUILT for data usage is just stupid!

I'll wait for android to go to a provider that is not afraid to capitalize on the data features of the phone.
maokh

Sep 23, 2008, 1:42 PM

Wow! BROWN and BLACK!

Im totally getting the BROWN one...
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Yes, because all phones have to be black or white.

Brown can be a great color for a device if the accents are done right.
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Byrd

Sep 23, 2008, 5:13 PM

So can we get a full Spec sheet on this

I would love to know whatr this phone can and cant do. We only know the major things bout the phone
it definately has no 3.5mm headphone jack but the iphone does
japhy

Sep 23, 2008, 10:24 AM

Brilliant

If this phone is half the device it purports to be, not only will it be a great device, but more importantly, it will drive the competition between other companies. Windows Mobile & Symbian will be forced to get better, Apple will be forced to include some of the more desired features left off the iPhone, and Palm will either die off for good, or adopt Android outright.

Only good can come of this. 🙂

Now for an unlocked version I can use with AT&T...
The press announcement said that it has dual band 3G. Obviously AT&T and T-Mobile use different 3G frequencies. I wonder if it will even be compatible with AT&T 3G. If not, it wouldn't even really be worth it for an AT&T customer.
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It's only a matter of time before an unlocked version is available on ebay, or wherever. But it won't be 3G, only the EDGE will work on ATT. Cause the 3G is 1700mhz.
can some one please explain to me what Andriod is..
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shawnpeck

Sep 23, 2008, 1:02 PM

A good video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7qbPa1O8Ys »
An overview of Google products on the world's first Android-powered phone, the T-mobile G1.
 
 
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