G1 unlock and NEW data ruling!



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.”

  • 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?

  • http://www.myspace.com/mynando Nando

    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.


  • 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.

  • 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.