G1 unlock and NEW data ruling!

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SIM UNLOCK:

The good folks at Gizmodo did some homework and answered a question that immediately came to my mind during the press conference and thankfully they found the answer. Most of you already know T-mobile has a standing policy that after 90 days of service a customer in good standing may request a sim unlock code. Nothing new or surprising on that front. However, the question arose because of the high profile of the G1 and the heavy subsidy for T-mobile, there was some debate as to whether or not sim-unlock would be allowed.

“T-Mobile branded phones operating on the T-Mobile network may only use T-Mobile SIM cards. To use a T-Mobile branded phone on another wireless carrier’s network with a non-T-Mobile SIM card, you must first request a “SIM Unlock” code from T-Mobile. Conversely, if you have a phone from another North American wireless carrier, you may need to request a “SIM Unlock” code from that carrier before being able to use a T-Mobile SIM card on the T-Mobile network.

* SIM Unlock Codes will only be provided after your account has been active for 90 days. Only one unlock code may be provided per customer every 90 days.”

New Data Rules:

Yesterday the blogosphere blew up with some concerns over the 1GB limitation on data. Turns out T-mobile took heed and re-worded their data policy today to allow for a looser interpretation. The important thing is they got rid of the 1GB specific rule. This is why we love our magenta.

“3G coverage is available only in certain markets. See coverage map. To provide the best network experience for all of our customers we may temporarily reduce data throughput for a small fraction of customers who use a disproportionate amount of bandwidth. Your data session, plan, or service may be suspended, terminated, or restricted for significant roaming or if you use your service in a way that interferes with our network or ability to provide quality service to other users. Some devices require specific data plans; if you do not have the right plan for your device, you may not be able to use data services. Additional charges may apply. Domestic use only.”

Update: Engadget just posted a statement from T-mobile,

“Our goal, when the T-Mobile G1 becomes available in October, is to provide affordable, high-speed data service allowing customers to experience the full data capabilities of the device and our 3G network. At the same time, we have a responsibility to provide the best network experience for all of our customers so we reserve the right to temporarily reduce data throughput for a small fraction of our customers who have excessive or disproportionate usage that interferes with our network performance or our ability to provide quality service to all of our customers.

We removed the 1GB soft limit from our policy statement, and we are confident that T-Mobile G1 customers will enjoy the high speed of data access over our 3G network. The specific terms for our new data plans are still being reviewed and once they are final we will be certain to share this broadly with current customers and potential new customers.”

  • Wizz Kidd

    Best News Ive heard all day about no cap on usage, they would of lost a lot of customers if that had happend.

  • Great!

  • Alex

    word to yo’ motha’

  • SheShe

    Sounds good to me :)

  • TechnologyXDA

    I believe T-Mobile did the right thing by removing limitation restrictions on the 1GB data limit, yeah. Now my SlingBoxes will rocky the house, party over here, live DirecTV, NFL, NBA, MLB, HBO and XM satellite radio, it on, Yeah. All on my Xperia X1 Oh! I forget, yall don’t have that kind multimedia entertainment on the G1, do you….!{LOL}

  • Galen20K

    Yessss!!!! THank you T-MObile!!!! I KNew the 1 gig cap couldn’t be REal! – D

    I and my FUture G1 Thank Youuuuu.

  • mingkee

    they’re listening
    I was so upset by such words
    but to what level is “disappropriate”?
    5GB?
    10GB?
    or…?
    but I still wouldn’t go for G1 till tethering and wireless headphone support are added out of the box

  • Has to be better than my Shadow

    boom goes the dynamite.

  • WazzuKirk

    WOW!! Freaking awesome!!

  • Alex

    who is this TechnologyXDA loser? If anybody cared about the X1 we wouldnt be here talking about the G1. Shut your mouth and go watch Real Sex 31 on HBO on your X1.

  • Starch

    They could add tethering, a 3.5 jack and multitouch and the Apple fanboys would still cry “FAIL!”

    good news tho!

  • dat chyk

    @ TechnologyXDA…LOL, it’s funny how you “had” to give props about the TMO lifting the restrictions when you TRY so hard to hate on the G1. Well, get ready because it is only going to get better…as the days go by and the G1 continues to drown you in your own hateraid! LOL

  • This is why I LOVE t-mobile. They listen to their customers. I can sign for 3-yr contract for this Iphone KILA !!

  • Armo

    Wat did I tell everyone? That’s right. Folks over at phonearena didn’t believe me when I said that tmobile was definitely gunna get rid of the I gb crap. Haha succkkaaasssss!

    Gimme some news on t919!!

  • mark925

    Awesome news!

  • Juan

    …I’m ready to preorder now :D

    I knew waiting for their response would pay off! They always listen to what their customers are saying.

  • Does the WIFI feature allow voice utilization in a HotSpot, as well as internet usage by PC/G1?

  • SiliconAddict

    Not great. But much, much, much better then before. This doesn’t totally remove my concern with capping, but I’d say its relieved 80% of my concern. The big deal with this phone is that it very much is a new breed of smartphone. 1GB previously was pretty damn hard to hit. 1GB with real browsing, possibly flash in the future, Amazon downloads, pictures (upload/download), apps that could easily be pretty bandwidth intensive, etc. I know several friends that own iPhones that blaze past 1GB. Actually they generally run in the 1-1.75GB range per month easily. At any rate this is good news.

  • T1 Connect

    @technology xda damn son whats wrong wid u man do me a favor go get yourself a girl or something i know u dont have one cause no girl would put up wid ur ass so calm down do some soul searching get yourself some game oh and a life. whats that. you can cause u still live with mommy and she will be upset if u bring someone home ok too bad for u. oh well keep staring at ur xperia x1 poster in ur room. by the way did u do what i said and go outside and get some excersise

  • TechnologyXDA

    I don’t hate the G1, I just think T-Mobile/Google/HTC could have given you guys a better technology product, that all. I don’t believe they gave you guys a products without all the features of a modern day smartphone, man they are lot of things I like about this deal. Man, I throught when they said Android, I’m thinking this phone is going to Star wars, naw man, they gave yall a rotten deal, but some people will buy anything……!

  • Viper Matrix Wireless

    I Knew They Would Remove The 1GB Capacity At Some Point! I Didn’t Think They’d Do It Now! We’ll You’ll Be Hearing More Changes Coming Up!

  • My wife just left me for a guy who works in t-mobile. What else should I do. I spent soo much on her. Got her iphone 2g and 3g a month ago. But she still left for that guy. I hate t-mobile. Xperia is the best.

  • My wife just left me for a guy who works in t-mobile. What else should I do. I spent soo much on her. Got her iphone 2g and 3g a month ago. But she still left for that guy. I hate t-mobile. Xperia is the best.

  • John

    Can someone please tell me exactly what they mean by “unlock sim code?

  • WazzuKirk

    Here’s exactly how TMO put the data cap in a message today:

    “Our goal, when the T-Mobile G1 becomes available in October, is to provide affordable, high-speed data service allowing customers to experience the full data capabilities of the device and our 3G network. At the same time, we have a responsibility to provide the best network experience for all of our customers so we reserve the right to temporarily reduce data throughput for a small fraction of our customers who have excessive or disproportionate usage that interferes with our network performance or our ability to provide quality service to all of our customers.
    We removed the 1GB soft limit from our policy statement, and we are confident that T-Mobile G1 customers will enjoy the high speed of data access over our 3G network. The specific terms for our new data plans are still being reviewed and once they are final we will be certain to share this broadly with current customers and potential new customers”

  • G1 Fan

    Check this out.. T-mo will include the 3.5mm adapter too….. right from the mouth of engadget

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/09/24/t-mobile-g1-impressions-what-we-love-what-we-dont/

    (go all the way down to the article)

  • T1 Connect

    @technology xda man i feel sorry for u and she’ll be back they always come back on the other hand now ur a free man get urself a g1 flash it in front of some dames(you know show it off) and see if you could bag something new for the time being. the g1 might look like a toy but the critics are saying nothing bad about it. u might wanna get out of sonyericsson land for a day and explore you’ll see theres a lot of possibilities besides the $1200 xperia x1

  • dat chyk

    If Google and TMo put everything on the phone then what contributions could developers add? Of course they had to leave some things out. I think that is was makes this phone so awesome…the possibilities!

  • dat chyk

    @TechnologyXDA – Sorry to hear about your situation with your wife leaving you for a man that works for TMo, but you anger is misplaced. Don’t hate on T-Mobile…they didn’t do anything…that dude just happened to have worked there. You need to be pissed at your wife! Direct your anger accordingly.

  • TMO

    Great now can we focus on the samsung tocco b/c thats what i am looking forward to. hey does anyone notice that the G1 is just a sophisticated sidekick for the adult crowd. just my thoughts

  • SheShe

    hmmm im startin to like the brown one better

  • Neo

    well this is a first step in the right direction. Also supposedly the USB to 3.5 mm headset adaptor is included. Almost there…. Think I will wait till I see one to decided if I’m gonna get it. I should get training on it soon… hopefully hands-on and not a stupid WBT.

  • John

    Not to get far off subject here. But do I really need the data plan to use the phone? Like to place and receive calls? According to the web site the phone wont work without a data plan? true or false?

  • dat chyk

    @ John – apparently this is true because I could not pre-order the phone without the data plan. you can probably add it as required now and ask if you can remove it after receiving the phone. The one thing that is confusing to me is the “unlimited plan” that apparently has limits…to a point. Perhaps Tmo should revise theo word “unlimited: if this indeed is not true and caps out at some point.

  • T1 Connect

    it will probably ask u to activate through the phone and a data plan is required seeing as how u cant activate via web or pc

  • Kraz33

    Has anybody heard how G1 will work with programs like Outlook or Thunderbird?

  • Yayo

    I might wait for the G2 or G3.

  • rommel

    i just orderd my n96!!!

  • TechnologyXDA

    Wait a minute, how many TechnologyXDA’s do you have on this site? I never every posted anything about my lovely beautiful wife, right her in my arms, closer than white on rice. She has just order her G1. So guy whoever you are stop perpetrating a fraud trying to be me. Dude their is only one TechnologyXDA, their can never be another. By the way check this out http://www.sonyericsson.com/X1/ …….!You feel me now………!Yeah!

  • so real

    What i wish ppl would understand is its not the beauty of this product that is attracting so many potential buyers, its the “Rawness”. From the design of the phone to the android os everything is just begging to be customized. The touch screen and qwerty combined with the trackball absolutely make since if you considered the type of apps that could utilize the form factor of this phone. Not only that but a lot of the flaws like stereo bt seem resolvable with future software updates. It seems almost like htc and google released this phone to the masses with us the consumer having total control over just how great this device can become. If you want the glitz and glamour of your Iphone or Touch Diamond thats just fine, but mark my words the Tmobile G1 will become one of the ultimate work horses of the wireless industry.

  • dat chyk

    Aiight, so I read this on engadget:

    We were told by T-Mobile reps that an ExtUSB to 3.5mm adapter would be included with the phone to allow for the use of regular earbuds / headphones, but that adapter wouldn’t make it into the first shipments do to production constraints.”

    So…my question is…Will TMo send this adapter “free of charge” to customers who have pre-ordered the phone even though it “wouldn’t make it into the first shipments…”?

    I pre-ordered this thing and even if it cannot be shipped with my new G1 due to time constraints…I still want it!

    I’m waiting for an answer on this. If anyone finds out the answer…please holla at me! I’m here everyday…not reading ALL posts all of the time…but put me in CAPS. LOL, like…@ DAT CHYK or suuuuhmmmm, please!!! David…lemme know if you find the answer too! Anybody at this point!!

  • dat chyk

    @ TechnologyXDA – Either u have a split personality (a serious disorder) or someone is impersonating you. Either way, I aint got time to entertain either of you!

  • T1 Connect

    yo tech. xda done lost his mind how to you have a split personality in a blog. hats off that the best. son you win the oscar and the emmy the grammy and whatever else there is.

  • dat chyk

    LOL…”How bout a round of applause…a standing ovation.” Vanna, please tell this MF what he won!!!

  • dat chyk

    @ so real – that’s what i’m tawkin about! the possibilities are endless and that’s what makes this phone “unique” and a “cut above the rest”…the possibilities! I completely agrre with u!!

  • T1 Connect
  • dat chyk

    bout to look now

  • T1 Connect

    i got my message from tmo regaurding my g1 it went to the wrong phone. i accidentally upgraded the wrong line oh well the next one is saved for the touch pro

  • dat chyk

    actually, i just read that article. the G1 is wide open… u feel me? i don’t understand why people keep complaining about what it doesn’t have. they are missing the “whole concept.” it’s an “open market” on purpose… a.k.a there is no limit and …”that’s what’s up” … to me, anyway.

  • dat chyk

    @ T1 – awe dayum…sorry to hear that.

  • george

    I’ve been a T-mobile member for maybe 5-6 years and have neither bought a new phone from them nor done anything to renew my contract. Does that mean I can request an unlock code from them the day I get my G1, or did the pre-order reset the number of days my account has been active?

  • KICK BUTT!!!!!! That’s awesome of T-Mobile!!!!

  • T1 Connect

    well i spoke to a tech support rep today man she was sick as hell i told her to go home and sleep anyways the 1gb cap would have been nothing to me she said with the amount of browsing i do (alot) i dont exceed 100mb i didn’t think that was accurate but she said the 1gb cap wasn’t going to affect me. but i will miss teathering thought guess i gotta keep using my 3555 for that

  • John

    What is a unlock sim?

  • Pythagoras

    rock on, T

  • Eric

    @T1: I spoke with a rep today also, and strangely enough, he was sick as hell too. I wonder what’s going on over there? Anyway, I called TMO b/c I had an upgrade available on phone A, but wanted the G1 on phone B. He told me that I could order the G1 for phone A for the cheaper price and then just switch the sim card so I have it running on the proper #. So, what I’m saying is, it sounds like it doesn’t matter “which phone you upgrade”

  • T1 Connect

    na it doesn’t matter what line just make sure you have the appropriate data plan and 3g covarage. i dont work for tmo but i know that much

  • gmoneycricket

    In the userguide it says it includes a wired stereo headset but no usb/3.5mm adapter.

    http://www.postyourimage.com/view_image.php?img_id=7SkZ5TzlNsp4PGX1222320666

  • Brian

    I pre-ordered two G1 phones today. My wife will be happy with hers for sure. If I don’t like it, wasting 2 bills doesn’t sound terrible until another 3G smartphone compatible with T-Mobile USA shows up.

  • Jen

    Funny..mine was sick too…helpful..but she sounded horrible.

  • websta

    That’s great news about the capping limit being removed becaused I called tmobile yesterday and asked about it and the rep told me they’ve been getting a lot of calls about that issue…I asked could we check our data usage like we can check our minutes or txt, she said no but customer care could but I guess we don’t have to worry about that now. I’m still a little concerned just for the simple fact that they said they can still slow a fraction of you down for disproportiante usage…how do we know that 1gb capping rule still isn’t in play to a degree? What if we hit 1.5 gbs, is that disproportionate? I still want 1 thought lol

  • tim

    i think they should keep the 1GB cap b/c you can not get a 3G data plan and 400 messages anywhere for $25/month. it is usually $40-50. the people that needs unlimited should pay a premium.

  • g willi

    Man, did I call this or what? Check it out: you can have 16GB of storage in your G1 with the new release of 16GB microSD 2.0 cards from Sandisk. http://gizmodo.com/5054598/sandisk-16gb-microsd-cards-arrive-in-stores

  • Andréa

    @TechnologyXDA , are you Holden in disguise? trying to act all cool, trying to be annoying with your unlocked phone? how lame

  • Boo

    I think there is a 8 gig cap on the expandable memory

  • T1 Connect

    isn’t the g1 only expandable to 8gb’s of memmory what would happen if you put a 16gb card in there it would only recognize 8gigs

    @andrea he does’t have an unlocked xperia x1 cause it didn’t come out yet and yes youre right after holden disappeared technology xda popped up.

  • dat chyk

    That’s funny…Holden did disappear huh?

  • TomCruise

    any word on chicago 3G launch? today was the day!

  • dat chyk

    I really would have liked MMS messaging on the G1…what;s up with that?

  • T1 Connect

    its there im trying to find something whats the rom on the g1 256 mb or 1gb

  • dat chyk

    i think standard is 256mb with the 1gb memory card included. I don’t see anything about SMS, not even on the G1 website.

  • dat chyk

    @T1 – go to htc.com i think that’s where i saw it

  • dat chyk
  • T1 Connect

    i went on newegg yesterday and ordered a 8gb memmory card checked the ups website and its out for delivery right now to me

  • T1 Connect

    @dat chyk yo check out what i did to my friends touch sunday.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyMlZQ9gr1s

  • dat chyk

    @ T1 – ok, i checked it out and that was cool. you are very good at this type of stuff i see…lol. lemme know if you get the dialing part fixed.

    did you find out about sms on the G1? i’ll be back after lunch.

  • T1 Connect

    yes it has mms all the way take a pic and send it take that jobsphone.

  • kdee

    Can somebody answer this?

    It has WiFi right? So can we do WiFi calling? I called the T-mobile customer service and they said “yes!” it can do WiFi calling

    But you guys say “no” because it has to have “UMA” (I don’t even know what UMA means…..)

    so can anybody clarify this?

  • T1 Connect

    i think once the hardware is in place all u need is software for uma

  • G1 Fan

    T-Mob won’t let me pre order the white G1, it doesn’t show up on their site at all, anyone know what’s up?

  • dat chyk

    T1 whats jobsphone?

  • dat chyk

    @ G1 Fan – The white will be available on Oct 22nd.

  • dat chyk

    I love the User Manuals!!! TmoNews is the shizzzznit!!! Ok, gotta spend some time looking at these manuals.

  • Sun.NY

    Theres still No word ona Back light for the keyboard

    I havent seen one in all these videos
    can someone confirm this for me

  • jellybell

    actually according to wirless weeklys website that t-mobile will not end up actually capping there 3g data

  • Viper Matrix Wireless

    It Is Confirmed For The Backlight! It Has A White Backlight & On The Front Shortcut Keys Too!

  • T1 Connect

    man i seriously hope they ship this phone early that would make me happy as hell

  • dat chyk

    Yea, that would be cool.