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Despite coming in for some flack regarding its rather outdated design and somewhat clunky interface, the G1 has proven extremely popular with enthusiasts and hackers hoping to get their hands on Google's open-source mobile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.
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