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G1 Android pre-orders unavailable

G1 Android pre-orders unavailable

The HTC Dream, now known as the T-Mobile G1, has proven so popular the company has suspended pre-orders.

If you've been salivating at the thought of getting your hands on a T-Mobile G1 phone – previously known as the HTC Dream, the first commercial phone to run Google's Android mobile platform – you may be out of luck: the handset has vanished from the company's website.

Despite coming in for some flack regarding its rather outdated design and somewhat clunky interface, the G1 has proven extremely popular with enthusiasts and hackers hoping to get their hands on Google's open-source mobile platform, Android. It's been so popular, in fact, that T-Mobile has had to temporarily suspend pre-orders.

According to CNet, any customer who attempts to order the $180 (£99.50, based on a two-year contract) handset is met with a warning that “due to the overwhelming popularity of the new T-Mobile G1, upgrades are temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

It is currently unknown how many G1s have been produced by HTC in the run up to its October 22nd US launch, but it's likely that a large number have been stockpiled – after all, anything with the Google brand on it is almost certainly going to sell. Whether the current unavailability is indicative of a complete sell-out of pre-order stock or merely due to T-Mobile's site melting under increasing demand is not known – but either shows a high level of interest in the little-handset-that-could.

Will you be trying to get your hands on a G1, or does Google have enough insight into your life already? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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RotoSequence 30th September 2008, 10:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2008/09/30/g1-android-pre-orders-unavailable/1

T-Mobile has suspended pre-orders of the new G1, a.k.a. HTC Dream, handset running Google's Android platform due to "overwhelming popularity."

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Surprised? :)
Cadillac Ferd 30th September 2008, 18:10 Quote
I am definitely not surprised, T-Mobile may be a pretty terrible carrier but HTC seems to have built a pretty solid little device and Android is looking to be the mobile OS savior that everyone was hoping for.
themax 30th September 2008, 18:14 Quote
That sounds quite iffy to me. You don't suspend you're pre-order program because it's "overwhelmingly popular". Either you've run out of expected stock, or T-Mobil is simply hype building by pausing their Pre-Order program so they can start it back up with even more demand for the device.
pendragon 30th September 2008, 19:03 Quote
if I was using T-Mobile, and in the market for a new phone.. I would definitely get one of these ;)
Tomm 30th September 2008, 19:22 Quote
I would have been more inclined to pre-order last week, before I'd seen the thing. It looks like a horrible step backwards to those old Nokia communicator phones.
konsta 1st October 2008, 01:05 Quote
I'm not 100% convinced by the aesthetics of the G1 itself, but the android OS looks impressive. The depth of the menus, and the number of timesaving and intuitive features dwarf both Windows Mobile and the iPhone. The real deciding factor though will be the quality of 3rd party application development. The iPhone has a very impressive range of applications available, and Android will live or die for me based on whether it's developers can match these.
johnmustrule 1st October 2008, 05:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by konsta
I'm not 100% convinced by the aesthetics of the G1 itself, but the android OS looks impressive. The depth of the menus, and the number of timesaving and intuitive features dwarf both Windows Mobile and the iPhone. The real deciding factor though will be the quality of 3rd party application development. The iPhone has a very impressive range of applications available, and Android will live or die for me based on whether it's developers can match these.

I think the modding is where it's at! Bring on the open scource, I don't think it'll be even an impressive feat for free apps to surpass the iphones capabilities.
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