T-Mobile Launches Voice Plus Beta


You know about that potential G1 update we told you about on Monday? Well its time now. T-Mobile needs your help!  T-Mobile has now launched the software trial program for G1 owners called “Voice Plus Beta”. All the details after the jump! This program is on a first come first serve basis, so get it while you can!


UPDATE: T-Mobile claims that it doesn’t have a firm date for when the beta program will launch, but is shooting for next week.


T-Mobile is continually looking for ways to bring new, unique innovation to our customers. We are in the process of developing a new service called T-Mobile Voice Plus to help you manage calls and voicemail on your mobile phone. We are kicking off a beta program exclusively for T-Mobile G1 users to get your feedback!

T-Mobile Voice Plus Beta offers the following features:

Call Divert: Carve out a little peace and quiet by sending selected numbers straight to voicemail without ringing your phone.
Call Defer: Let callers know you’re busy and schedule a convenient time for you to call them back. Send them a text message that acknowledges their call and that you will respond at a later time.
Visual Voicemail: Easily manage your voicemail! View a list of who left a voicemail, with the time of the message and its length. Choose which to listen to now and which to review later.
City ID: Get more information about the calls you receive. The city and state information of incoming calls is displayed.

Requirements to participate in the T-Mobile Voice Plus Beta:
The download will be made available to the select number of T-Mobile G1 customers who reply with an email to voiceplusbeta@t-mobile.com. Be among the first to respond to secure your chance to participate in this beta!

Your e-mail MUST include:
Email subject line: Voice Plus Beta
IMEI Number
NOTE:Your IMEI can be found in your phone’s Status menu (Menu > Settings > About phone > Status), from the dialer: *#06#, or on the sticker under your battery.
Your T-Mobile telephone number, with area code

NOTE: You will need to accept the T-Mobile Terms and Conditions in order to use the T-Mobile Voice Plus Beta. The Terms and Conditions will show when you open the downloaded T-Mobile Voice Plus Beta application. Your acceptance of the Terms and Conditions allows us to collect information about your use of the application’s features.


Why can only G1 customers participate?

T-Mobile Voice Plus is in its early stages of development and is currently being tested by T-Mobile G1 customers.  We selected G1 customers to participate in the beta program for T-Mobile Voice Plus given these customers tend to be at the forefront of new developments in technology and have been loyal T-Mobile customers with an affinity for testing new mobile products and applications.

How long will you accept G1 customers into the T-Mobile Voice Plus Beta?

T-Mobile is accepting a select number of G1 customers into the T-Mobile Voice Plus beta program on a first-come basis.

Why are you hosting a beta program for T-Mobile Voice Plus?

T-Mobile continually looks for opportunities to provide our customers with the latest innovation that drives benefits for our customers and is excited to gather valuable feedback on T-Mobile Voice Plus.

When do you plan on launching T-Mobile Voice Plus?

T-Mobile is excited to gather valuable feedback on T-Mobile Voice Plus from our G1 community. We don’t have anything to announce at this time regarding when T-Mobile Voice Plus will be available.

Will T-Mobile Voice Plus be available on other platforms? Is this an Android-only feature?

T-Mobile is excited to gather valuable feedback on T-Mobile Voice Plus from our G1 community, and Voice Plus is only available to the select group participating in the beta at this time.

What if I already have the T-Mobile Visual Voicemail application installed on my device? Will it interfere?

No, the Voice Plus Beta will not interfere with the existing T-Mobile Visual Voicemail Application. Both will work independently of each other.

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  • Richard

    You already are able to do this with Android and your G1. I don’t get why this is supposed to be special

    • q2mobile

      i am not opting in for this one, i dont want to interfere with my google voice account…why bother? anyone have any more details…? is this a gv integration? if so i would be interested…if its a seperate thing, forget it.

  • Sweet!!

  • dan

    Sent mine in…now I play the waiting game.

  • Chad D

    Yea, G1 users are on the forefront of new technology. Is that why they are using 2 year old phones now?

    • kasin

      2 years? How is that? Not even a year and a half yet. Don’t be jealous! XD

      • SiliconAddict

        The G1 was the demo phone for Android well before it launched in Nov of ’08 So realistically it is close to 2 years old. Lets be honest. (And I do have a G1 sitting on my desk.) The G1 IS a prototype phone. The thing’s specs and quality/build wise is a joke compared to the Droid. Hell pulling it out of my jacket pocket it snagged on the liner and broke off a piece of plastic on the edge of the button bezel. G1 should have never made it to market. Droid should have been the launch device and no the tech in Droid isn’t revolutionary. The reality is that Google wanted a cheap intro phone to deploy to developers and that is exactly what the G1 is. An intro phone who’s successor (Droid) never made it to T Mobile and here we sit with no other keyboard options other then the freaking cliq. *sighs*

    • a700

      G1 = first Android device ever. G1 users = early adopters of a new technology. That is all.

  • Matt

    just sent mine in now just chiling with exitment for this to happen to my phone cant wait

  • YAY!! Can’t wait till it makes way to the Cliq

  • Don Boogie

    ” We selected G1 customers to participate in the beta program for T-Mobile Voice Plus given these customers tend to be at the forefront of new developments in technology and have been loyal T-Mobile customers with an affinity for testing new mobile products and applications. It’s not our fault that the G1 was outdated 6 months after they bought it but they were stuck with it because they had to upgrade with a new 2 year contract.”

    • David

      Hahahaha nobody twisted anybody’s arm to do a 2yr for a discount lmao!

  • I hope this means that 2.x is coming to the G1. That’s how I’m going to take it. :-)

  • mikeeeee

    anything that makes my g-1 better i’m all for.

    i have to lug it around ’til october anyway why not have the leading edge of software.

    i’m waiting to see what the mytouch slide looks like.

    i hope you can get the update over wifi cuz i got no wireless coverage here.

    hint, hint, UMA for the g-1?

  • erasable

    I was looking foward to participating in this but my girlfriend just bought me the nexus one.

  • ctk

    I hope this spreads out to other platforms because I neither have a g1 or an android phone.

    although if it’s possible to put android on a nokia 6555 i’d like to know.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Hopefully Tmobile will let all the users who signed up on the first day get a shot at the beta. I really wonder how they select the customers. I hope they don’t just pick new customers who recently picked up a G1 because they know better phones are just around the corner and they don’t want new customers feeling left out and with outdated hardware. (Let’s face it… its getting old… but it can still pull a few tricks out of its sleves with a little support). Swype is a perfect example… it works pretty good on the G1 and I am sure when I do upgrade to my next phone it will have this feature. To eraseable… I feel your pain… why not just sell me your Nexus One for cheap and then you can still have your shot at the beta?

  • tinalooks808

    Just sent mine and I can’t wait!

    And to those crying about G1 users testing it.. lets all take a step back and remember that the G1 was the ORIGINAL test bunny =)

  • Allen pain

    Well I’m still happy with my G1 and i may keep it for two more years. there are ways around it’s problems (rooting) and it has a PKB.
    No dropped called(iphone)

  • JBLmobileG1

    One thing… if you root can you still get the OTA updates and do you need to have a different o/s or can you use the one Tmobile officially has? If I rooted the only thing I’d want it for is to free up memory and run apps from my sd card. While it may be nice to have the features of say Android 2.0 or 2.1 I wouldn’t even know what to look for because I know there are more than one hacked versions of the o/s and I am sure they all have their ups and downs. That is why if I rooted could I just keep what Tmobile has for us and be able to update as needed.

  • kasin

    Heck yay! We’re the reason you guys heard and wanted the android software. We tested it for the first time, and told others how good it is! G1 needs a little love.

  • urbanrio

    it’s called google voice.

  • Bret Rodgers

    To get the IMEI for the G1, only 2 options exist :

    1. White label on inside of the device under the battery
    2. Menu>Settings>About Phone>Status

    Using *#06# from the dialer DOES work for MOST T-Mobile devices, but not for the G1

    • chris

      What are you smoking? I works fine on the G1. Just use the dialer, I’ve done it a thousand times on the G1.

    • Allen pain

      it workd for me too!

  • Miguel

    Will this work with Google Voice? I’d like my business calls to use my Google Voice number & voicemail, and my personal calls to use my Tmo number and this new voicemail. Possible?

  • JBLmobileG1

    Yeah! I was accepted for the beta. I just received an email confirming that they have my info and that the OTA updates will be soon along with a link.. although the link doesn’t work yet…. but hopefully it will sometime and before the beta starts.

  • moto cliq

    i have had 3 diff android tmobile phones. mytouch, nexus one, cliq. even though the g1 is the slowest of them all, not by a horrible and significant difference, im considering using it till a “new g1” is released. something about it i really like. the large keyboard with dedicated number keys is also nice. if they came out with a updated g1 thats slimmer, but with the same hardware design, good battery life, maybe slight modifications to make it look “sexier”. faster processor, latest android os. i would consider it over the nexus one. i love the nexus one but i can not stand all touch screen text messaging. i hope for an updated g1

  • Here are my impressions about T- mobile G1 phone:-
    G1 slide out QWERTY keyboard, support for the fast 3G networks, GPS and Bluetooth technology, offers a number of free apps through Android Market and much more. The compass mode works absolutely well, spin it in any direction it will move fine.
    The phone of my dreams, I have it for a while now and it is still in really good condition.

  • Juan

    I got an email from TMOBILE with instructions on how to flash the new ROM with the Voice Plus Beta. The process was easy, but now Google Maps and other Apps are not working properly. At TMOBILE Forum they say maybe they are going to make a new ROM with Voice Plus Beta and a ROM just in case you want to go back to the original ROM.

  • Many thanks with regard to the information, I am truly looking forward to the Samsung Epic 4G, although I have constantly been really curious in cool gadgets, for a long time I have already been looking for my 1st smartphone and I did not acquire it yet. The actual explanations are very simple: each and every several of months there is a revolution in the marketplace (difficult to decide!) and prices here in Brazil are pretty abusive. Maybe I would enter this world in great style with a Samsung Epic 4G. I hope so.