T-Mobile Garminfone Launching June 2nd?

UPDATE: The $599.99 Retail pricing shown in the image above reflects a third party retailer. We’re hearing that T-Mobile will be offering the Garminfone for $450 without a contract.

Patiently waiting for the Garminfone (insert sarcasm)? Well, it looks like you won’t have to wait much longer. We already knew the Garminfone was coming sometime in June with a $200 price tag, and now we’ve got confirmation for the exact release date. T-Mobile’s first Android-powered smartphone with Garmin GPS Navigation will be available beginning June 2nd  for $199.99 with a 2 year contract and $599.99 sans contract. Apparently, this is the same exact day the myTouch 3G Slide launches, so you will have not one, but two choices for your next T-Mobile handset (hooray!). Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • AndroidMaster

    599.99 dollars for no contract? I would rather have a Nexus One w/out contract!

    • john

      Usually I’d try to find a way to troll you, but honestly I agree.

  • Tmo_EDge

    That picture is from a BestBuy Mobile Buyers Guide (it’s a silly mag they print every month). Even though the Ad shows the phone cost at $599.99, it will cost anywhere from $150-$200 less at T-Mobile Corp stores. Best Buy does not offer non contract activations yet so the raise the price of all their Tmo phones to make up the lost money selling a phone out right… It is a very shady process but they use it to keep their profit margins high and hope customers are to dumb to go to a stand alone locations and save money.

  • laphoneuser

    I’ve just gotta say how disappointed I am with this whole Garminphone thing.

    From the moment I heard about the original NuviPhone, I was excited. I mean, Garmin’s GPS devices, if you don’t already know, are fantastic (at least, in my experience they are). I wasn’t the only one excited. We (tech nerds) all waited, and waited, and waited some more until they finally released on AT&T. Well, the phone sucked (based on all the video reviews I watched), and the fanfare had dimmed to a one horn band locked in a closet. Shame on…somebody.

    Then, the news of this phone to be released, and on my carrier! Very excited. Saw the video reviews, and I liked the UI (I know I’m in the minority on this). I also thought the performance looked snappy. But to release the phone with Android 1.6??? And with no flash for the camera??? And with no FREAKING 3.5mm HEADPHONE JACK!!??!! FOR THE SAME PRICE AS AN EVO 4G???!!! Fail, fail, fail, and failure.

    I don’t know who’s responsible for the whole Garmin-getting-into-the-phone-business, but really, somebody (or bodies) has really and truly dropped the ball.

    But I’m still rooting for them! Maybe third time will be the charm?

  • yey

    my touch slide is 399 retail and it looks better and has a regular headphone jack 599 is just ridiculous

    • rushmore

      MTS is FAR better than this regressive piece of junk. Tmo needs their head examined.

      Same contract price as Incredible and EVO???? More expensive the Inc and Nexus at retail ????

      Failure Infinity

  • Ryan

    garminfone is great! after toying with it for almost a month now, i’ve come to the conclusion that it is a really good all-around phone. and those of you who dog it have probably never laid a hand on it, so get bent.

    • rushmore

      UR a marketing person for Garmin or Tmo? Must be to say this, in comparison to the other options at same or less price.

    • 3g rules

      i find it amusing how retarded some people are. It’s scary. you are correct. They have never laid a hand on the phone. In their retarded and limited minds if it is not the evo or incredible (both way over rated) then it is junk. Then you have the idiot who thinks you are in marketing with garmin or work for t-mobile just because you have it and like it. Lmao! Unreal.

  • bubbles says this

    Why would T Mobile even release this phone. T Mobile, lets get the Nexus one in house, the My Slide is a start in the right direction. Lets keep it going T Mobile, bring the Nexus One in house, get the Samsung Galaxy S and launch the super Sidekick Twist Android mutant phone. Stop playing games with these silly low end phones, Verizon is stepping up along with Sprint, we will leave u, LOL.

    • Frank

      Yes!!! Bring the nexus one already

  • JBLmobileG1

    I am confused as to why Tmobile would launch this phone the same day they launch the Slide then charge more than the Slide for it. While I myself am interested in the Slide I am wondering if its the right choice now. I just don’t want to end up with a phone that will be free in a few months and pretty much obsolete from O/S updates. Look at the MyTouch 3G 3.5… already free and no confirmation that they will even be getting Android 2.1. Who’s to say the same wont happen with the Slide? And is Tmobile even going to advertise the thing? The 2nd isn’t too far off and I haven’t even seen too many reviews yet. True its not even out yet but you’d think more people would be reviewing it by now. They say it will get Froyo which is probably really all I need… it contains everything I’ve been waiting for with Android. But is it 100% fact that it will even get it? I just wish more of my Q&As could be found because right now it seems like just another phone that Tmobile just wants to throw out there.

    • 3g rules

      No you are not confused. You are just stupid. Just because they release it the same day as the slide…ugh, never mind, i have better things to do right now.

  • tmo

    notice how everybody who has actually played with this phone has defended it? This phone is going to be a seller don’t hate on it if you haven’t used it.

  • J

    I agree with “Tmo”! The phone is actually very impressive. For those who don’t know it is a combination of 1.6 and 2.0 in terms of OS. Garmin spent considerable time developing there OWN OS and quite frankly it is very nice..! I am sure you will see some type of update in the future. For now it is perfectly adequate. The actual handset is very nice. Fit and finish is excellent, the screen and operation is very nice. The touch screen is VERY good. Give it a chance guys… It it a perfect device, NO, BUT…. Show me one that is. I was hoping for TM to start selling the iPhone, but it looks like that is not going to happen for a while, so for now, the Garminfone is a perfect choice. Can’t wait to get it.

    • rushmore

      Sure, if you compare to the other options and do not mind having an older OS, no chance of Adobe Flash, no camera flash, no 3.5mm jack and likely no chance of an updated OS.

      Point is there are far better options to get duped into this device and the price they are asking for it.

  • J

    Sorry for the errors in above, typing too fast this a.m. :)

  • J

    Well, I can see we have some real G-Fone fans here… Anyway, for what I need it to do it is great..! YouTube works fine, the camera will be just fine for me. Frankly if I need to use a camera for more in depth tasks, then it will be done with a Leica X1. Headset plugs ? Not a real big issue either. I’m sure I will survive listening to music on it. Totally disagree on the OS update. It will be needed for the maps eventually. So I beg to differ… Finally, as for price, it will come down in months, so relax…..Thanks TM for offering the G-Fone..! I like it.

  • J

    PS… I have used it and the G-Fone is really cool…!

  • Aussie

    I have used the garminfone too in our store, and although the OS is pretty good, the $120/year map updates is ridiculous. It uses the same map company (Navteq) that Nokia uses for the Nuron which they give you free for life. Whats the point?

  • Aussie

    Also you can’t even use the GPS and phone function at the same time…what the heck is the point of the phone then? Nuron with free map updates for life also allows you use your phone while the map runs in the background.

  • Bacari

    I have the GarminFone is it is GREAT!