T-Mobile G1 rumors, data only plan option and replacement battery

T-Mobile G1 rumors, data only plan option and replacement battery

Summary: The T-Mobile G1 (see my full review) is currently the only Google Android device on the market and is available only from T-Mobile. There are a couple of rumors surrounding the G1 that I am trying to verify with my T-Mobile contacts. The first one concerns a possible US$20 price drop for the G1 and the option to purchase one and activate only a data plan for US$34.99 with no voice plan. The second rumor is that T-Mobile is sending new batteries to current G1 owners.

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The T-Mobile G1 (see my full review) is currently the only Google Android device on the market and is available only from T-Mobile. There are a couple of rumors surrounding the G1 that I am trying to verify with my T-Mobile contacts. The first one concerns a possible US$20 price drop for the G1 and the option to purchase one and activate only a data plan for US$34.99 with no voice plan. The second rumor is that T-Mobile is sending new batteries to current G1 owners.

The data only option for the G1 makes sense since you can do the same thing with the T-Mobile Sidekick and both of these types of devices are heavily focused on data consumption and text-based communication. With the G1 you can stay in touch via text messaging, email, and instant messaging. If a data only option is available, it may make the G1 a bit more compelling for teens who seem to text much more than actually talk on the phone today.

Apparently, T-Mobile may be sending out a 1400 mAh battery to replace the current 1150 mAh battery on the G1. This gives you a 22% increase in battery capacity that should also give you a bit longer battery life. This higher capacity battery also fits inside the same compartment with no new back needed to hold it in place. One person has reported receiving this battery and has a photo of the replacement. It is a bit strange though that only one person reports receiving the battery so far and this may just be a battery replacement sent to someone as a result of a called-in complaint.

If you want a real extended life battery for your G1, then you might want to consider the Boxwave ElectrSpan battery that has a whopping 2400 mAh capacity. This does come with a new back black cover. I am considering this myself because I can't get through a full day with my G1 at the moment.

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  • I think you can, however...

    ...not exactly the same, when I bought my curve, I could purchase it with only the data plan and unlimited email, however, the $100 off with 2 year commitment on my curve required a qualifying voice plan of $39.99 or more.

    I would guess it is the same with the G1.

    TripleII
    TripleII-21189418044173169409978279405827
  • One day soon?

    One day, the mobile carriers need to open their networks completely, so that people can use any IP-based service without restrictions (e.g. Skype VoIP), with a data only plan.

    This would:
    1. simplify the customer experience (essentially, it becomes a wireless ADSL/Cable connection. Flat rate...use it how you want).

    2. motivate people who currently use a fixed, unrestricted data connection (ADSL/Cable) to migrate...for the benefit of mobility.

    3. provide a compelling alternative to global, data-only WiFi networks (Boingo, Fon).

    The increase in data subscriptions would "ideally" compensate for the lost voice call revenue. It would also allow the mobile carriers to focus their resources on the development of other value-added services that could be offered, not only on their own network, but to subscribers on ANY wired and wireless network.
    linuser
  • Default battery life abysmal

    An acquaintance of mine was showing me his G1, and mentioned that his battery life was woefully short if he used the WiFi feature. He had left his house with a full charge on the phone. As he showed me the features of the phone around 1pm, the battery was over 1/2 depleted. It sounds like the larger battery is a no-brainer.
    ejhonda
  • Corporate eMail yet?

    The battery life was a big deal to me, and it looks like there are now options.

    Is there a solution to connect to exchange to fully integrate my corporate eMail, calendar, contacts like my nasty windows mobile does?

    I really want a new phone!
    jeffwash
    • TouchDown is getting there

      The TouchDown application gives you access to your Exchange email, calendar and contacts and is coming along very nicely (http://blogs.zdnet.com/cell-phones/?p=438). The email and contacts are pretty good, but the calendar is still limited. It isn't yet as flawless as a Windows Mobile device experience, but it is not bad.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: T-Mobile G1 rumors, data only plan option and replacement battery

    Hi Matthew. I've done quite a lot of digging over the last few weeks for my own article on the G1 (http://hubpages.com/hub/googleg1), and my best advice to increase battery life is as follows:
    1.) Turn off G3. The G1 wastes a huge amount of power constantly searching for a G3 network when it isn't available (this will hopefully be improved with the Cupcake release). It will still sync your mail and data just fine over G2, and you can turn it on when you need a net connection and there's no Wifi available. (I assume you're already leaving Bluetooth, GPS and Wifi off when you're not using them.) This added 50% to my battery life right away.
    2.) Re-calibrate the battery's sensors by letting the G1 drain all the way to shutdown (you may have to power it up again a couple of times before it drains all the way), and then charge it all the way up. This also added a good chunk of extra life - my phone now runs for up to 36 hours with a bit of internet use, listening to tunes, etc. You may have to repeat this one every couple of months, but don't do it too often as it increases wear and tear - Li-Ion batteries prefer to charge in small sips :)

    Mark
    holybladder
  • T-Mobile Data Plan

    T-Mobile will flat out refuse to give you a data only plan for a G1.. So you must force them to do so.. against their will..

    If you already have the G1 with no service... or buy one off ebay..

    goto the tmobile website, and order just a sim card.. apply a data plan to it that is ment to be used with the laptop wireless cards...

    Put this sim in your G1...

    Bingo .. Data only plan.
    ravious@...