First Android phone in stores today and tomorrow

First Android phone in stores today and tomorrow

Summary: While I like the fact that T-Mobile let us existing customers pre-order the T-Mobile G1 the day it was announced last month, the benefit of pre-ordering seems to have lost that huge advantage I was thinking we were gaining. If you were in the first batch of pre-orders then you should be getting your device today or Wednesday, with some reports that people started receiving them yesterday. The latest news from T-Mobile is that you will be able to pick up a G1, supplies are limited, at the San Francisco store at 3rd and Market starting at 6pm Pacific Time tonight, Tuesday, 21 October. Then on the 22nd of October T-Mobile will supposedly have stock of the G1 at retail stores within the 3G coverage zones. If you were thinking about ordering online today you may just want to head down to the store to pick up the device in person instead of waiting until some time in early November.

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T-Mobile G1 to be available in stores today and tomorrowWhile I like the fact that T-Mobile let us existing customers pre-order the T-Mobile G1 the day it was announced last month, the benefit of pre-ordering seems to have lost that huge advantage I was thinking we were gaining. If you were in the first batch of pre-orders then you should be getting your device today or Wednesday, with some reports that people started receiving them yesterday. The latest news from T-Mobile is that you will be able to pick up a G1, supplies are limited, at the San Francisco store at 3rd and Market starting at 6pm Pacific Time tonight, Tuesday, 21 October. Then on the 22nd of October T-Mobile will supposedly have stock of the G1 at retail stores within the 3G coverage zones. If you were thinking about ordering online today you may just want to head down to the store to pick up the device in person instead of waiting until some time in early November.

If you are not in a 3G market location, then you can order the device online or in the store for delivery to your house. It will be interesting to see if there are lines for the G1 like there were for the iPhone, but I highly doubt those other than the geekiest of us really know much about the G1 since I haven't seen nearly the coverage or build up in the media.

In another interesting twist on the G1, Google apparently reset the Android Market for maintenance and now the applications are coming back with some new applications appearing as well (MySpace Mobile). I actually sent my review unit back and am expecting my own pre-order unit a bit later today. Hopefully, some of the great applications I installed appear on launch day tomorrow, but we will just have to see what happens.

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  • Anxiously awaiting...

    Mine is "Out for delivery."

    WOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!
    rag@...
  • It's a phone. What's the rush?

    Sorry, I don't get it. It's not like they're going to discontinue it next month. More likely they'll mark it down. What's the hurry?
    CharlieSpencer
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 to be available in stores today and tomorrow

    MINES IS OUT TO!! YEEEEAAH!! MAN THIS IS BANANAS!!
    Android GoD
    • Mine went from Illinois to Out for Delivery too

      Mine is out as well and I can't wait to try out the black model since I shipped back my evaluation unit.

      If you haven't bought one yet, I highly recommend skipping the brown one since you won't be able to read the keyboard very well.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • As I asked in an earlier post...

    ...is this a TELEPHONE...or a GameBoy?

    So far, I have yet to see any reviews of the telephone portion of this thing.

    How about it Matthew?
    IT_Guy_z
    • Page 6 of my review has some phone experiences

      I have to say I personally use my phone 85% of the time for data and text messaging and only 15% of the time for actual voice calls. That said, I did write a couple thoughts on my experiences with the G1 as a phone on page 6 of my full review (http://blogs.zdnet.com/cell-phones/?p=179&page=6) and so far it has performed very well.

      I especially like how easy it is to switch between the speaker, headset, and Bluetooth headset almost just like the iPhone. All of my calls have been clear and crisp with only 2 dropped calls the first day I tried using it when I was messing around with the phone. The speakerphone could be louder and is not as good as the Nokia phones I have used, but it is better than some other I have tried.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Thanks...

        (nt)
        IT_Guy_z
      • Perhaps these devices should no longer be marketed as phones.

        I think it says a lot about the device that you didn't get around to discussing it's 'primary' function until page 6 of the review. If everyone else's use patterns are similar to yours, maybe it's time to market these devices as something other than telephones. Of course, that would require being able to get service from someone other than the traditional cellular service providers...
        CharlieSpencer
    • Phone quality is good according to most reviews.

      I have seen quite a few reviews about the call quality and they say its good. They also mention that the contact system is good as well. Aside from that theres not much else you can say about the phone portion of a phone. Its a phone and it works. Thats probably the least interesting feature of the thing.
      storm14k
  • Another Death Knell To Windows Mobile

    Hopefully this joke will fade away.
    itanalyst2@...
    • What joke is that?

      Android?

      Though I tell you, I simply can not believe the line outside the T-Mobile store here! It has to be at least three times longer then the lines I had seen for the iPhone!
      GuidingLight
      • That's Great!

        I welcome alternatives to Windows Mobile, whether it is IPhone or the Android...just like Firefox, anything to drive a nail into Microsoft's moldy coffin that Steve "It's okay to skip Vista" Ballmer has built is fine with me!
        itanalyst2@...
        • Well, it is great to see

          that you feel confortable being bought and sold by Google! :)
          GuidingLight
  • Mine is supposedly on the UPS truck...

    ...to be delivered today. I'm anxious to start using it.
    storm14k
  • It's just frustrating. No @home.

    T-Mobile, if you are reading this, please, focus on making hot-spot@home work with your service. For 4 months now I have been free to change contracts without penalty and [B]I WANT YOUR SERVICE[/B]. :D

    I like your pricing, your service is pretty good, but the killer feature for me is hotspot@home. I don't want a blackberry, and the phones you offer don't interest me (that support @home). Heck, with your new router that allows you to plug in regular phones, you can have a hit.

    Do whatever it takes, get the G1 to support @home, and you can really really really have a hit.

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
    • Stupid move on their part.

      I thought for sure this phone would support hotspot@home at launch. I'm still certain that they will make this happen soon unless they are going to allow VOIP applications on it. Yea its no the same but it doesn't seem like they'd let you get away with both.
      storm14k
      • T-Mobile Hotspot...

        New app today from the market....T-Mobile Hotspot Connect. This should allow you to connect to your hotspot@home
        deauxboy69
  • First and LAST G1

    Yeah, its going to be a flop.
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Gee, Like The IPhone????

      Another LAME prediction bites the dust.

      Bye bye old man.
      itanalyst2@...
    • It probably is the last G1

      The next one is called the G2 right now. Early mockups show a bigger screen.

      Oh maybe you meant the last Android phone. Well Motorola is scheduled to drop one in early 09. I understand Samsung and LG are also working on theirs.

      So in either case it doesn't look like this is the last one.
      storm14k