T-Mobile G1 unlock possible; Android Community celebrates with giveaway

The first T-Mobile G1 has been unlocked thanks to the guys over at Unlock-TMobileG1.com. In honor of this we will be giving away 3 unlock codes for the T-mobile G1 in a community contest.  This contest is open to any registered Android Community member. Unlocking the G1 is very quick and easy, in fact anyone who can make a phone call can unlock their G1 with no trouble at all. Unlock-TMobileG1.com offers unlock codes for $22.99 USD. After placing an order including your IMEI code you will receive an eight-digit unlock code for your device.  Your IMEI number can be found by pressing *#06# in the dialer, or by going into your settings, selecting “About phone” and then selecting “Status”. The IMEI number then can be found about half way down, it is 15 digits long. After you receive your unlock code you insert a non-T-Mobile SIM card and the G1 will prompt for an unlock code, enter the unlock code provided to you and hit unlock. You will then know the device is unlocked with a notification that reads “Network Unlock Successful”, it is as simple as that. We have found that with an AT&T SIM card the device would make and receive calls as well as send and receive text messages. Upon switching the SIM cards, the Gmail account was automatically signed out, when we entered the correct log in information it still would not log in. Needless to say the Android Market did not work either due to the fact that the Gmail account is needed. However this does not mean that it will not work, all tests have been done with the default network operator settings.  We want to thank our sponsors over at http://www.unlock-tmobileg1.com/ for helping sponsoring this contest. To enter our contest, members must submit a photo showing their loyalty to Android Community in a creative way.  Some examples are: putting an Android Community logo on their car, wearing the AC shirt at a large event, carving an Android Community sculpture or even if you are fearless, getting an Android Community tattoo.  More information can be found here. A user has sent over this video for us that demonstrates that the unlocking process actually works. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob32_fp24ag[/youtube]

China gets desperate for Android

A lot of people in China are getting desperate for a T-Mobile G1, so desperate in fact that they are buying the devices illegally from American consumers at a costly price. The T-Mobile G1 has not yet been released in any country other than the United States.

In China people are purchasing the T-Mobile G1 for about RMB 3,999 or about $584 USD, if you wish to have the device unlocked it will cost you an extra RMB 500, about $73 USD. Even though the Chinese seem to be getting a lot of these handsets, the price will remain high until they get the Android-powered handset that will become available next year. We would not be surprised if this happened in other countries as well. However we don’t believe that the UK is doing this, for the G1 will be available on October 30th. If the phone was released in another country, you can bet that the United States market would be dying to get their hands on it. Would the price and risk be enough to keep us from doing the same? Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via Moconews]

Wal-Mart confirmed to sell T-Mobile G1 very soon

Just the other day we reported on rumors of the T-Mobile G1 coming to Wal-Mart and a lot of people were surprisingly mad about it although the device will be getting a lot more recognition. The rumors are true with the exception of the date that it will hit shelves.

The device will be on sale a lot sooner than expected, Wednesday morning the G1 will be available at a discount. The price has been confirmed at $148.88, which is over $30 cheaper. The G1 will blow many of the Wal-Mart’s current phone lineup out of the water. The question is, will this help or hurt T-Mobile? Any cell phone enthusiast will not be very happy about this decision, especially with the G1 being the first phone to run Android. Many of our users are either very angry about the decision or cracking jokes at the thought of it. Either way this will bring the T-Mobile G1 to a larger market and will help with the one-stop Christmas shopping this year. There may be more of a chance to get a G1 in areas where there is a shortage of devices. We want to know what you think about T-Mobile’s decision to allow Wal-Mart to sell this phone. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via CNN Money]

Wal-Mart selling the T-Mobile G1 for cheaper?

Somewhat believable rumors about Wal-Mart are flying around again, this one is about the arrival of the G1 at a cheaper price. The top ten Wal-Mart locations in each market will be getting the T-Mobile G1 on the 24th of November just in time for Christmas.

It comes as no surprise because big box stores such as Costco are already selling the G1 in many of their stores. Wireless sales in these stores have proven to be a good market for these companies. It is no doubt that Wal-Mart, who boasts low prices, will offer some sort of discount on the device, luring customers to their stores rather than the T-mobile retail locations. Rumors say that the price will be $148.88 with activation and a two-year contract. For many the $31 dollar discount is not worth waiting a month to get this phone. Those who are interested in the G1 are more likely to want it sooner rather than later. The price will help with Christmas shopping this year for those effected by our economy. With so many T-Mobile stores outside of the 3G area, T-Mobile is wise to be allowing the overflow of G1 handsets to be sold in other stores as well bringing the market to those who would have otherwise missed. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan. [Via EngadgetMobile]

T-Mobile G1 update on October 23rd!

Only a day after launch and T-Mobile is releasing an Over The Air Update (OTA) for the G1. New owners will have the first update before the new phone smell is even gone. T-Mobile has not confirmed it yet, employees are telling people some really convincing information about it. For a while there was not much people knew about it, only that there was an update coming. After doing a little digging, one Tmonews member was able to create a FAQ about the update. From what was said this will be a small update, not many changes will be made. For those of you who have ever owned a SideKick the update process should be pretty familiar. You will receive a notification on your G1 telling you that there is an update for your phone, from there you will be asked to accept or be reminded later. "What does this update do? This update will include enhancements (I don't know what is termed an "enhancement":smileywink: and one bug fix that is visible to customers which makes all songs from Amazon available for listening Why do I need it? So your device will perform better long term and you don't have to worry about corrupt files from Amazon. When will I get mine? If you participated in the PreSale, you will receive it between the 23rd-25th otherwise you should get it by 10/31. For those receiving their devices after that date you should receive the update soon after you activate the phone (within 2 - 3 days). New phones from HTC will come pre-loaded with the update. What if I don't get mine? Just wait for it, it will come. What do I do when I haven't gotten mine by the time you said I'd get mine? Wait a little longer Seriously, I didn't get mine. Where is it and when will I get it? Why am I missing out? Check your software version, you probably had the new software all along and were waiting for nothing. How do I check my software version? From the main screen hit Menu > Settings > About phone > Build number. Look for where it says RC## The initial release is RC19. The Updated release is RC28 Will I lose any applications or settings? Nope. Your settings and apps should be preserved." [Via TMonews]

T-Mobile G1 powered by Google Android now available

T-Mobile have officially launched the G1 powered by Google Android in the US.  The wait is over, and those of you who wanted to get some hands-on experience with the G1 can now head into stores and have a play yourself.  Available both in-store and online, the G1 starts from $179.99 with a new, two-year contract. Availability, however, is listed as "Extremely limited supply", so if you definitely want one from this batch of initial retail versions then you probably should be typing in your credit card number right now.  T-Mobile were overwhelmed with pre-orders for the device when they offered it up to existing customers, and HTC had to ramp up its production in order to satisfy demand.  We're not sure how many handsets are in stock in T-Mobile retail stores.  However what the press release does make clear is that only areas served by T-Mobile's 3G network will have the G1 ready to take away; stores in areas outside of that coverage will have demo units but require that the smartphone is ordered in specially. If you want to know all the details, check out the Android Community exclusive review of the T-Mobile G1 powered by Google Android. Press Release:
T-Mobile Launches the Highly Anticipated T-Mobile G1 Following Strong Pre-Sales Demand, the T-Mobile G1 with Google Goes on Sale Today Online and at Select Retail Stores Nationwide BELLEVUE, Wash. —Oct. 22, 2008—T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the national availability of the highly anticipated T-Mobile G1 with Google, the first Android™-powered mobile phone. The T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a rich mobile Web experience, dozens of Android Market applications, and popular Google products that millions have enjoyed on the desktop, including Google Maps Street View™, Gmail™, YouTube™ and others. Beginning today, consumers can purchase the phone in select retail stores across the country and online at http://www.T-MobileG1.com. “During the past month, we’ve seen unbridled excitement for the T-Mobile G1 and the positive impact it will have on the mobile lives of our customers,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, among those T-Mobile customers who have pre-ordered the phone, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset, illustrating the leap many consumers are taking to a rich, accessible mobile Web experience. Its design, functionality and value make the first-of-its-kind T-Mobile G1 a truly approachable device for the masses.” With a fun and intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is the first phone to offer access to Android Market, which hosts unique applications and mashups of existing and new services from developers around the world. Customers can find and download a wide range of innovative applications—from games to social networking and on-the-go shopping—to personalize their phone and enhance their mobile lifestyle. Even better, for a limited time, the dozens of applications available on Android Market are available free-of-charge for T-Mobile G1 users. “With new, high-value applications constantly being added to Android Market for customers to discover, the T-Mobile G1 is the phone that grows with you,” said Post. “And as the Market continues to grow and evolve, the possibilities are virtually endless.” Customers can purchase and carry away the T-Mobile G1 at T-Mobile retail stores and select third-party stores in major cities where T-Mobile’s 3G service is currently available. T-Mobile 3G service is currently available in 95 major cities across top population centers. For a list of cities where T-Mobile 3G service is available, please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com/3G.aspx or see T-Mobile’s Personal Coverage Check tool, available online at http://www.T-Mobile.com/Coverage. All T-Mobile stores across the country will have demonstration devices on-hand and can assist customers with ordering the device for delivery at a later date. T-Mobile is working to ensure that customers have a great experience harnessing the power of their new T-Mobile G1. Specifically: · T-Mobile has established a collaborative online forum dedicated to the T-Mobile G1 (http://forums.T-Mobile.com) where customers can ask questions, share tips and get helpful information. * All T-Mobile retail stores will open early at 8 a.m. on Oct. 22 to give everyone the chance to experience and purchase or order the T-Mobile G1. * T-Mobile G1 experts will be on-hand at retail stores to demonstrate the phone and answer any questions. For more information on the T-Mobile G1 in the U.S., please visit http://www.T-MobileG1.com. Notes: Additional charges may apply to features and services. 3G service may not be available in all locations. Price and availability of device subject to change; taxes and other charges may apply. About T-Mobile USA, Inc. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. operation of Deutsche Telekom AG’s (NYSE: DT) Mobile Communications Business, and a wholly owned subsidiary of T-Mobile International, one of the world’s leading companies in mobile communications. By the end of the second quarter of 2008, 125 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 31.5 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standard. T-Mobile’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. Google, Android, Google Maps Street View, Google Talk, Gmail, YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the companies with which they are associated.

T-Mobile G1 arrives early for many who pre-ordered

Many of our users are ecstatic to find their G1 arriving 2 days before launch. A few days ago our forum erupted when users finally received their tracking numbers and found out that the phone they have been eagerly awaiting may arrive early. Many users were upset when they received word that T-Mobile had put a hold on shipment of the G1 just before it was to be delivered.

In general G1 owners are finding the phone to be better than they imagined, overlooking any flaws that may be present. Almost everyone has skipped over going through the phone and headed straight to the Android Market to test out the applications they have been reading about for weeks. There have been several questions arising from the "chin" being hot to why there are so few applications in the Android Market. One questions several people have personally asked me over and over is how to enable "compass mode" in Google Maps Street View. To enable this mode just open Google Maps, hit the menu key, select map mode and then at the bottom yo will find Street View. Once in street view, Google Maps will map out in blue the streets that are viewable in this mode. Just scroll to the area you wish to see and press down on the scroll ball to select that location. If compass mode is not enabled at this point just press the menu button and select compass mode to turn it on. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.

T-Mobile sells G1 early in one San Francisco store

For those of you who did not get a chance to pre-order the T-Mobile G1 and still would like to get your hands on it at least a few hours early, then today is your lucky day. There is one store willing to bend the rules a little, the catch is you have to be in San Francisco on Tuesday evening.

For those who just have to have an eleven hour head-start on the east coast at least, you better get down there quick. The T-Mobile store located at 699 Market St. in San Francisco will begin selling the T-Mobile G1 tomorrow at 6:00 PM PDT. Although no-one knows for sure just how many they will have on hand, a T-Mobile spokesperson is urging interested customers to line up as early as possible as their supply is "severely limited". Customers looking for a chance to get the G1 early are expected to pile up at the doors very quickly. All T-Mobile locations will be opening their doors to lines of excited customers at 8:00 AM PDT (5:00 AM on the east coast) on Wednesday. Personally if I lived in San Francisco I would be down there already. Do you think that the G1 is worth standing in line for hours just to get your hands on a little early?

Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.

Android Community Week in Review – Week 42 2008

What a week it has been for Android Community. We started off with a story about T-Mobile selling 1.5 million G1 handsets already in pre-orders. T-Mobile has refused to comment on these numbers, suggesting that they are far too high. Logically, if the actual numbers were the same as reported or higher, T-Mobile more than likely would have happily taken the credit. We also got the chance to put out the first ever exclusive Android Community hands-on G1 review!

We were really excited to be able to completely go through and test the G1 this past week. We found the G1 was very small and sturdy in your hands. The user interface was amazingly responsive and easy to navigate. Applications such as TuneWiki and ShopSavvy (formally known as GoCart) still have me in awe. However not everything about the G1 was something to celebrate. The battery dies extremely quickly, we have been led to believe that it is the lack of a way to end background processes such as applications. We have found that GPS does not work in all cities. We were able to quickly find our location in Scottsdale AZ, however the G1 was not able to locate positions in Manhattan NY. We are not sure if it is a firmware issue or network issue. Google has a killswitch in their operating system that can disable applications remotely "just in case". Unlike Apple with the iPhone, Google was very upfront with letting the public know about it. Motorola hinted that the new 350-member Android team is working on a social networking based Android-powered handset. Information about this handset came from an ad placed for a position on their Android development team. Microsoft may one day bring their Flash-equivalent to Android with their Silverlight program. This would be a large advantage for the Android platform over the iPhone which currently does not have Flash. Handango will be the first to bring both free and paid applications to the Android Market. This is good news for new G1 owners who are looking for popular applications such as Garmin turn-by-turn directions. Many mobile gamers will be happy to know that games such as Spore may be on their way to the T-Mobile G1 very soon. Not many people use Gmail to synchronize their contacts, the vast majority of people use Microsoft Exchange to manage their address books. Out of the box the G1 does not support Exchange synchronization, but it didn't take long for Wrike to create an application that will sync your Exchange contacts to your phone. Currently it only supports one way synchronization, but they promise to soon have two-way functionality. Here at Android Community we have had a lot going on, our community member Designdawg has created what now is our site banner. We were so impressed that we even made a few limited-edition shirts using the design. We are just about to wrap up our Golla G1 case giveaway. We have had 11 winners so far, the last contest winner will be announced on October 22nd, the day the G1 is set to launch. We also held the official Android Community G1 launch party in Texas, hopefully a real treat for our members; the lucky few close enough to take part got to meet the people behind Android Community and some walked away with some really nice prizes. Photo courtesy of Android Community member heyitsnan.

T-Mobile G1 Review round-up

Reviews of the first Android-powered handset the T-Mobile G1 have surfaced and many people are finding the G1 less than fantastic. Many have gone on to say that it did not meet expectations set by all the hype. One common issue that was reported was the GPS not working. A large proportion of devices were unable to locate users' positions in Google maps.

Not everyone was pleased with the design of the G1. The lack of a standard headphone jack was picked out by PCWorld, they also went on to say that the keyboard's keys were a bit too flat. Tech Yahoo says the keyboard makes the G1 feel like a grown up verion of the SideKick. Lifehacker pointed out that this phone may be a little hard to get use to for customers coming from an iPhone, the lack of a multi-touch screen simply can not be ignored in this case. The phone handles very well in the palm of your hand, it feel like more of a phone than the iPhone says Zdnet. It's a perception that often depends on the user, though; Gigaom argues that it feels bulky in the hand. Phone News and The Boy Genius Report agreed that the instant messaging client was anything but what is expected from a smart phone. The application was unstable, often signing you out multiple times in a single session, and failing more reconnection attempts. It is perhaps no surprise that the only IM client that uses data to send an instant message was Google Talk, others use a text-message based method. The G1 does not support Microsoft Exchange out of the box, but the Chicago Tribune expects that to change as it did with the iPhone. The alternative, Outlook Web Access, is reported by MSNBC as being very pleasant and relatively fast. The G1's battery leaves a lot to be desired. CrunchGear reported that the battery life, on average, was even worse than that of the iPhone. With the phone beign built around applications and the Android Market this is really bad news for power-users. In tests done by All Things Digital the G1 was reported to score just under the claimed five hours of talk time. MobileBurn reports that even though they like the user interface, the G1 really has no big deal breakers. Engadget had a few issue with the long-press feature, the G1 sometimes confused a long press with the scrolling feature.  This may come as a disappointment to some with high expectations that the G1 will the the iPhone killer. The touch screen is "wonderfully quick and responsive" though, reports PCMag. Cnet found the camera to be good, even though it lacks basic camera settings (much like the iPhone) such as white balance. It appears inevitable to avoid being noted as clearly the first Android out there, PhoneScoop was one of many that mentioned the G1 is clearly the first of the Android Platform. Gizmodo went on to say "The G1 phone and the Android operating system are not finished products", while PhoneDog reported that, despite having a list of complaints a mile long, they are overshadowed by how fun the Android user experience is. The G1 from our experience was very quick, responsive and easy to use. Unlike the information reported by others, the main issues for us were the very short battery life and no way to kill background processes.  The battery needed to be charged sometimes 3 or 4 times a day because there was always so much going on in the background. Despite the few drawbacks we are still really excited about the G1. I have yet to see a phone other than the G1 come close to the iPhone in comparison. With early user reviews and now our official Android Community review how do you guys feel about pre-ordering the G1? Anyone calling in to cancel or are you determined to be the first one on your block sporting the new G1? Be sure to let us know. And for those of you who will be getting your G1 very soon, don't forget to post pictures of yourself with it for us to see.
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