First Android phone to retail for $199
Cheaper than the iPhone?
The Googlephone will cost $199 when it lands on T-Mobile in the US next week.
Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal reports that customers will be required to sign up a service contract of unknown duration with T-Mobile in order to bag themselves one of the Android-based talkers.
This suggests that the phone will initially appear only in the US on pay-monthly tariffs and not – as some would hope – on a pay-as-you-go package.
It’s also been rumoured that the Android talker, which is manufactured by HTC, will be called the T-Mobile G1. Until now it had received several unofficial titles, including the HTC Dream and Googlephone.
Some of the G1’s design features have already trickled through, including a BlackBerry-esque trackball for on-screen navigation and slide out Qwerty keyboard.
at least mick's comment was witty and short; as a lib-dem myself responses like yours are simply embarrassing.
re: new name for google phone.
(can be pronounced goo-bull or goo-<stomatch fluid>. Though i like the sound of the latter (gurgle))
Goggle +3g =4g =gggg
I wonder what the gooey will look like.
Should be called
Roid Phone. Hemmor (ok, the h isn't only silent, it's invisible in this example), Ster, And you decide. But I shall, forever more, refer to it as the roid phone. Did you get rogered by the roid phone cause in the U.S. T-Mob appears to think 3G is the year they'll offer broadband speeds, not a network speed? Seriously, who wants a data phone on EDGE?
Mine's the one with a Nokia 1100 in the pocket.
Better than a Lib-Dem how about...
How about if we go for the truth? Let's call it the conservative-republican phone? Absolutely empty and worthless inside... No substance. Just a phrase, a ditty, a mindless blathering of bankrupt nannering.
$billions of dollars (welcome to the United Socialist States of America) to cover the greed and ineptitude of the private market? Oh yes! Please, continue thinking based upon dated and very pathetic attempts to rhetorically attack Libs-Dems. Yes! Chase down your neighbor to make sure they are only having sex with the "proper" other sex! Chase down a woman using food stamps, a child eating a free lunch at school and see what kind of car the family owns. Ignore the $billion in the Savings and Loans of the 80's, the ENRON, Global Crossings, TYCOs and the meltdown of the economy based upon the deregulation and "free market" that is costing us. Yes, please continue to blather on sounding like the mindless minion that they want/need. Geeez. Some people find any excuse to try to slam Libs-Dems and they continually show their stupidity. It is so sad. Give it a break. It ain't cute, it ain't witty. It is presenting your stupidity to the whole world. Sad.
(Moderator, I am sorry, but this crap is really really getting to be a pain. Snide comments that should be answered. I didn't start it... but I sure as hell refuse to sit back and let it pass.)
I don't know what the contract and data situation is in the UK, but in the US, T-Mobile is VASTLY cheaper than AT&T for the same service. When I was on T-Mobile I had 300 anytime, unlimited weekends and M2M, with unlimited data (meaning unlimited bandwidth, although limited to web and email, but tethering was actually allowed!) and 100 SMS, for about US$40 (after taxes). This was the lowest service level with unlimited data, and was more than sufficient for my needs.
Eventually I got the odd notion that I "needed" an iPhone and so I switched to that. Now my bill is nearly doubled (about $70 after fees and taxes), and while the actual numbers for the service I get have gone up (450 anytime + rollover, unlimited nights + weekends), and the data service is now theoretically not restricted to what ports I can use (although for all practical purposes it is unless I jailbreak my phone), I was hardly coming even close to my previous plan limits, and while my iPhone certainly is a better web browsing and music-listening device, if I had just unlocked it I could have done all this for half the monthly price.
One thing to note, by the way, is that in the US, T-Mobile doesn't provide any sort of PAYG data (except on the Sidekick), unlike AT&T which has a wide variety of overpriced PAYG data products (and in order to use the only economical ones you have to have a monthly minute plan which is for all intents and purposes even MORE expensive than their contract fees).
Basically, cellphone service pricing in the US is completely out of whack.