Tuesday, September 23, 2008

T-Mobile G1 Announced

Exciting day in the mobile phone world today - Google, T-Mobile and HTC have "officially" announced the release of the T-Mobile G1 - the first Google Android device.

If you want to get complete coverage of the press event, etc., I'd suggest you check out moconews. If you want to learn more about the phone and how to get one, check out the new site at www.t-mobileg1.com/

You can pre-order the phone today and general availability will begin Oct. 22 at select T-Mobile retail stores and online in the U.S. The G1 will cost $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement.

I have been holding off on getting a new phone and if the reviews of the G1 are good, I'll be picking one up. I think this day is a game changer for the mobile world - Apple did a great job educating all of us on the power of a good mobile device but Android will help bring this power to the masses.

Fred Wilson, a well respected NY area Venture Capitalist and a great blogger, had this to say earlier this month:

"They are building a mobile operating system, Android, that is also designed for running web apps in a mobile environment. I think in time, Google's Android will be to the iPhone what Windows was to the Mac. The iPhone laid out many of the killer mobile device innovations, but its a closed device, a closed carrier relationship, and even a closed application store. Android will take all of those good ideas and put them on every device, with every carrier, and in partnership with every app developer. You'd have thought that Apple would have learned the lesson that you can't control the entire ecosystem with the Mac, but they did not."

I couldn't agree more.

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