Android fans, good news and some bad news…

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The good news is that this is today’s Android announcement but the bad news, is . . . well pretty bad. We get information regarding the Android launch and we take a lot of it at face value. We’ve always tried our best to be accurate and sure of our info, corroborate it and this time we’re confident enough. I must emphasize that none of this is 110% concrete and is of course subject to change.

According to sources, the PRESALE launch of the Android device will be to customers in 3G capable areas ONLY. Thats right, the morning of Sept 17th when you wake up and go to order that magical and mystical device, if you aren’t in a 3G area, you might not want to be around anything you can throw. Keep in mind that being in a 3G market, doesn’t mean your area will have 3G coverage as the entire market may not be covered.  For example, being in the Miami market doesn’t guarantee 3G capability right away for the suburbs. As of right now, your home zip code will have to be in an area with 3G coverage to be eligible.  We are NOT sure if this news is specific to the 25 launch cities we’ve discussed previously or to those cities that are already publicly launched. So again, take this with a grain of salt. Just know that we are working tirelessly to confirm this information and hopefully refute it. Right now its the most up to date info regarding the launch.

Update: There is nothing that says non 3G residents won’t be able to order the phone post presale. This news is presale ONLY.

On another note its looking like the pricing scheme for the device is still likely to be tiered with eligible customers only getting the best possible pricing. It was considered at one point that all customers were eligible ala 1st gen iPhone but new information points to otherwise. This morning Androidguys published a pricing scenario and it matches up with the best of our knowledge. We have been working closely with these guys trying to ensure that only the best information flows to you, the readers and we trust in these guys and you should too.

  • Invoice Price: $399
  • New customer price: $200 + $35 activation fee (2-year agreement, no mail-in rebates to mess with)
  • Full discount for upgrades: $200 + $18 standard upgrade fee
  • Partial upgrade cost: $350 + $18 standard upgrade fee
  • Pre-Sale upgrade for full discount: $150 + $18 UF
  • Pre-Sale upgrade for partial discount: $300 + $18 UF

Info courtesy of Androidguys: read the article here.

  • silk7

    @ShotWithAnSLR
    you took the words right out of my mouth. new england is on the list but i’m going to wait and see what esle comes out about G1 before i make my 12year old cat do the salsa!!!

  • Josh

    and besides, a presale doesnt mean your walking out of the store with it, it just guarntees the phone at that price and that you can get the phone at launch

  • SheShe

    @Josh who wouldnt want to save the $50 though? and t mobile employess are all over the place i know when i was gettin my sidekick some new about the pre sale some didnt i knew waaay before… it really depends on if they do their homework

  • edwin

    dudes and dudettes, does anybody know when does chicago goes live?

  • SheShe

    i havent seen any dates for chicago yet sowie

  • center rep

    I work for a call canter and there are no plans for 3g on horizon. prob by january there are two centers in this market wonder if that will help and speed things up. if available to us at national release date ill let everyone know how it works on edge

  • http://blog.asurroca.com asurroca

    OK, for $150 I was ready to blindly buy the phone, but for me to dump $318-$368 on the G1 (I only qualify for a partial upgrade right now) complete official details and photographs had BETTER leak well before the phone’s release….

  • edwin

    i think the PINK TACCO is looking better price wise for me…though wi-fi is a real turn down

  • Jessica

    I live in Atlanta and have been with T-mobile for 3 years now, and would be very dissapointed if they blow me off come Sept. 13th. Cause I’m tired of my copper HTC Shadow/Juno. Way to burn bridges, guys.

    Oh god, please don’t let T-mobile be THIS dumb. There are still other phone companies out there; we can still go to one of the ones that you don’t have to wait several years for to see a cool phone. If Minneapolis gets the G1 before Atlanta…oh man, I can’t even type that with a straight face.

  • Eliza

    Hey out of curiosity when are they doing the 3G area for Miami?
    I’m seeing if I can buy one when it comes out.

  • justin

    How would I find what market I live in? I looked at the coverage map from the 3g FAQ but its hard to tell. I live in Simi valley(93065) witch is just outside of L.A. do I make it for the presell?

  • Josh

    kinda sounds like a typical upgrade to me… if you dont qualify to upgrade then you dont qualify to upgrade, although it would be great if the rules didnt apply at least to this phone to build up some excitement.

  • MobileBenz

    This sounds very bad for us NON 3G markets! It seems we are getting punished again for things out of our control! They keep chipping away all the reasons why to stay with Tmo!

  • czar

    this is BS! I can break my contract with tmobile and get an Iphone for less than this

  • darryl

    so when its comes out on presale n u already a tmobile customer, how much will it be.??

  • http://www.symbian-freak.com christexaport

    Big, big mistake, T-Mobile. We’ve waited for 3G, and stayed loyal. Reward ALL of us with a cheap device, even those who had to buy devices to replace old ones to hold us over for the supposed $150 smartphone. Otherwise, users will defect to at&t and the much better unlocked SIM-free limited edition N95-3RED $379 at CompUSA.

    When will these carriers get it right?

  • Nick

    I has a sad. :’(

  • http://none Aleksandar

    Well, it is very simple in my case. I live in North Suburbs of Chicago-Land and here are my conditions:
    1) If the phone is not GPS (or A-GPS) equipped as announced by some news and forums, I will NOT buy G1 device from Tmobile.
    2) If my city does not have 3G because of THEM, *I* will not purchase the phone and the additional plan.
    3) When I decide to purchase the G1 device I will require from them to give me that $150 price or I will sue them for discrimination. Once I get the case I will purchase a bunch of G1s and then sell them on the eBay for very small price :)

    Yes Tmobile – you do not want to piss me off…

    lol … jk – well if there is no GPS and 3G and there is no option for me to get $150 price – I will most likely pass and wait little bit more. My contract is anyway expiring on the end of the year.