While the phone probably won’t attract long lines—few companies have consumers lining up for its products the way Apple does—but the newly announced T-Mobile G1 is something to stand up and take notice. The world’s first Android-powered mobile phone, which brings the Google technology to a mobile handset, combines full touch-screen functionality with a QWERTY keyboard. Of course, expect a plethora of Google products that will make the transition from the desktop to the handheld, including Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps Street View (the latter allowing you quite literally get a street view while out on the street).
The phone was officially unveiled this morning at a press event in New York City, where Christopher Schl?ffer, group product and innovation officer of Deutsche Telekom, said, “We are proud that T-Mobile is the first operator in the world to launch an Android-powered mobile device. Since 2005, Google has been an established partner in T-Mobile’s groundbreaking approach to bringing the open mobile Internet to the mass market. With the T-Mobile G1, we are continuing our strong tradition of being pioneers in the world of the open Internet.”
And while rumors had circulated that the phone would arrive by year’s end, some lucky consumers might just get their hands on the handset within the next 30 days. Beginning today, T-Mobile customers in the U.S. will have the opportunity to pre-order the T-Mobile G1 from www.T-Mobile.com. The device will be able at select T-Mobile retail stores and online in the United States on October 22 for a price of $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement. So maybe there will be lines for the G1 after all!
The phone will also be available in the United Kingdom in November, and cross to Europe in the first quarter of the New Year, with Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic being among the nations expected to get the phone in early 2009.