1.5 million Android phones pre-sold? What's up with the 16 October launch party?

1.5 million Android phones pre-sold? What's up with the 16 October launch party?

Summary: As we get closer and closer to the launch of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device the rumors are heating up. The latest report comes from The Motley Fool (it hasn't been confirmed by anyone else yet) states that T-Mobile has sold out of the first (we all knew that) and second batch of preorders. This equates to 1.5 million G1 devices being called for in preorder sales. That would be quite a feat considering there are still about 10 days before we get our devices in hand.

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As we get closer and closer to the launch of the T-Mobile G1 Google Android device the rumors are heating up. The latest report comes from The Motley Fool (it hasn't been confirmed by anyone else yet) states that T-Mobile has sold out of the first (we all knew that) and second batch of preorders. This equates to 1.5 million G1 devices being called for in preorder sales. That would be quite a feat considering there are still about 10 days before we get our devices in hand.

1.5 million Android phones pre-sold? What’s up with the 16 October launch party?

I have had a G1 for a few days now and will be posting my biggest and most extensive review ever on the blog soon. I also just received an invite in the mail for a special T-Mobile G1 launch event being held in New York on Thursday, 16 October, at 9:00 pm and now am wondering if we will be getting our pre-ordered devices sooner that we thought. The launch event will feature a performance by The Raconteurs.

16 October launch invite

When I preordered my device the day of the original announcement in New York I am pretty sure the preorder page stated we would be getting our G1 devices prior to 22 October so there is a chance we could see them sooner.

T-Mobile really needs something major like the G1 to compete with AT&T and the iPhone and as a long-time T-Mobile customer I hope that these preorder numbers are indeed true and accurate. I think there is room for both devices and am excited about the prospects of the Android given the "open" nature of the platform.

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  • motley fools

    the reason the 1.5 million preorder sales hasn't been cofirmed by
    any one is because it's a fantasy number picked up by analysts at
    the motley fool, who foolishly confused t-mobile's bumped up
    preorders with actual sales.

    There's gonna be a lot of red faces when the actual figures are
    revealed.
    Ken Fegore
  • But how important is the actual number of the preorder?

    The important point of the preorder is that it was at least some significant number, and that it sold out. This at least tells us that there is some interest in the platform. Beyond that it is unimportant. The far more important 'facts' will be what the sales are like for the second wave after the unit hits the streets. And the third will be the level of defection from iPhone. No one has yet cracked that nut. Any marketing guy knows you can sell the first unit on hype. It is the second sale which starts to make money, and shows whether the product has legs. The eventual market is a stochastic process. If the G1 can take iPhone users when they replace units, then it will win a stable market share in the end. If it can't, it won't. Personally I'm hoping it will, and it shows potential to do this, but preorder sales are only the first step in a long journey.
    gardoglee
    • True, as it remains to be seen

      who will be the ones purchasing these phones.
      Right now my guess would be that developers are driving many of the pre-sale orders, the true test is to see how many in the general public will purchase these phones.
      GuidingLight
  • RE: 1.5 million Android phones pre-sold? What's up with the 16 October laun

    The number 1.5 million just encourages those who were
    gonna wait a generation make up their impulsive minds.

    Be cool now....
    Horatio Chi
  • google vs. zzzphone

    hi john
    if your interested in a follow up story to your earlier story on zzzphone in new york times please read this; you can call me at xxxxxxxxxx for more details. also we have the names of 3 MIT students who have been working summers for google android. they have been offered full time after post grad from MIT. the MIT android team were awarded $350,000 in the contest while our 4 submissions were thrown out. we have since applied for china and USA patents on our 4 software/hardware apps.
    further we have been bad mouthed on the official google android blog , saying we are not recognized by google. while the android system is revolutionary and complements our revolutionary process of custom making each cell phone to each customers requirement,(including free uploading 3 android softwares of customers choice),it is anything except "open source"
    as david killed goliath, we are beating google to worldwide markets (except we lose the first battle by 1 month in USA). and with a far superior, unlocked(really open sourced), 2 sim card phone. at less than half the true google phone price($179 plus $840 in extra t-mobile charges over 2 years) price.
    to my knowledge only google and zzzphone are taking orders as of now.
    our engineering team has 22 Chinese in shenzhen as opposed to the 1000s working in the "alliance" you can see the press release (attachment) and our phone at www.zzzphone.com beta
    larry horowitz, president
    zzzphone
  • RE: 1.5 million Android phones pre-sold? What's up with the 16 October launch party?

    hi john
    if your interested in a follow up story to your earlier story on zzzphone in new york times please read this; you can call me at xxxxxxxxxx for more details. also we have the names of 3 MIT students who have been working summers for google android. they have been offered full time after post grad from MIT. the MIT android team were awarded $350,000 in the contest while our 4 submissions were thrown out. we have since applied for china and USA patents on our 4 software/hardware apps.
    further we have been bad mouthed on the official google android blog , saying we are not recognized by google. while the android system is revolutionary and complements our revolutionary process of custom making each cell phone to each customers requirement,(including free uploading 3 android softwares of customers choice),it is anything except "open source"
    as david killed goliath, we are beating google to worldwide markets (except we lose the first battle by 1 month in USA). and with a far superior, unlocked(really open sourced), 2 sim card phone. at less than half the true google phone price($179 plus $840 in extra t-mobile charges over 2 years) price.
    to my knowledge only google and zzzphone are taking orders as of now.
    our engineering team has 22 Chinese in shenzhen as opposed to the 1000s working in the "alliance" you can see the press release (attachment) and our phone at www.zzzphone.com beta
    larry horowitz, president
    zzzphone
  • google vs. zzzphone

    hi john
    if your interested in a follow up story to your earlier story on zzzphone in new york times please read this; you can call me at xxxxxxxxxx for more details. also we have the names of 3 MIT students who have been working summers for google android. they have been offered full time after post grad from MIT. the MIT android team were awarded $350,000 in the contest while our 4 submissions were thrown out. we have since applied for china and USA patents on our 4 software/hardware apps.
    further we have been bad mouthed on the official google android blog , saying we are not recognized by google. while the android system is revolutionary and complements our revolutionary process of custom making each cell phone to each customers requirement,(including free uploading 3 android softwares of customers choice),it is anything except "open source"
    as david killed goliath, we are beating google to worldwide markets (except we lose the first battle by 1 month in USA). and with a far superior, unlocked(really open sourced), 2 sim card phone. at less than half the true google phone price($179 plus $840 in extra t-mobile charges over 2 years) price.
    to my knowledge only google and zzzphone are taking orders as of now.
    our engineering team has 22 Chinese in shenzhen as opposed to the 1000s working in the "alliance" you can see the press release (attachment) and our phone at www.zzzphone.com beta
    larry horowitz, president
    zzzphone
  • RE: 1.5 million Android phones pre-sold? What's up with the 16 October launch party?

    Nice thing about Javascript/web browser based applications is that they require no installer and work on new phones like this. Check out Interactive Trivia at http://www.handtop.com for an example.
    HuskerSam
  • Testing on actual G1 hardware?

    > I have had a G1 for a few days now

    Wow, so you have one! Cool. Most Android developers have not been so lucky and can only rely on the Android emulator in order to release before October 22. Maybe we can ask you to test some apps for us? :-)
    meijerpb