The new G1 mobile device from T-mobile, HTC and Google is going to cost you a modest $179. For what it’s offering this is a reasonable and somewhat expected price- it runs just shy of the 8G iPhone 3G which would cost you $199 with a two year contract.
So when can you get your hands on the G1? October 22 if you’re in the states, in the UK you can expect to see G1s in early November, the rest of Europe is looking at a quarter one, 2009 release date; that means sometime between January and March. If you are currently a T-Mobile user you can pre-order your G1 and have it delivered to you when it arrives!
The phone is sim locked to T-Mobile although after it’s release in October, the Android mobile operating system will be available for download onto many phones under the open source provision. If you’re keen on the G1, then you will be looking at two different data plans. The first offers unlimited data but limited messages (not specified) for $25 a month. The second offers unlimited data and messages for an additional $10 a month. Both require you to purchase a voice plan in conjunction with the data plan.
The phone will support 2G (Edge), 3G and Wifi. It will work with both push and pull mail fetching, but will not support Exchange. They are leaving this open to third party developers to hash out for now. This means most crackberry addicts will not be converting to G1 addicts for the time being. The G1 was described during the webinar as being more of a consumer device that many enterprise users will want.
G1 can read word documents, excel documents and pdf’s. It also supports a web browser much like the recently released Google Chrome for Windows. During the webinar it was dubbed Chrome Lite because it is essentially Chrome but for a smaller screen.
So what cool things does the T-Mobile G1 do? It features a very customizable home screen, allows you to drag and drop apps, and includes a Window Shade that allows you to seamlessly switch between multiple applications running at the same time. The window shade works much like the tab running across the top of your screen when you are hopping between multiple remote desktop sessions in Windows.
The pull out keyboard features a dedicated search button as a reminder to us that, after all the operating system made for the G1 was created by a search engine based company!
For more information I would encourage you to catch a “re-run” of the webcast if you can. I am sure we are going to hear a lot more about the G1 from T-Mobile and Google in the next month. The two companies announced today that they have worked together on the largest marketing campaign that T-Mobile has ever ventured on! I can’t wait to see this! Stay tuned…