Posted February 3, 2009 7:37 am by with 6 comments

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T-Mobile has announced, albeit in a pretty vague manner, that they will be introducing more G phones in g1phonethe “coming weeks and months”. With that kind of clarity on delivery dates I am sure that most folks will be holding off on their iPhone and BlackBerry purchases for sure.

T-Mobile is indeed motivated to get these Google Android devices on the market because they still lag behind other carriers in adding new customers. The company added 621,000 new subscribers which was down a bit from the prior quarter of 691,000 and pretty far off the same period numbers from 2007 which were 951,000.

I guess the question is did T-Mobile actually put themselves at a disadvantage by being the first and only provider on a roll out of a new product? The early adopters will gobble up the latest, greatest and coolest technology but that’s not enough to sustain the business that T-Mobile needs. They had 2008 as being the only provider of the Google Android smartphone, G1, but this year is going to be chock full of competitors. A pretty strong lineup of carriers and device manufacturers are planning on releasing their own Android devices in 2009 including Motorola, Sony Ericson, Garmin and Sprint. Oh and throw in this little problem that we are having with the economy and it’s much less a slam dunk that people will rush to buy anything let alone something that is still a relative unknown quantity.

I suspect we have a lot of iPhone users reading this. I personally use the BlackBerry Storm (with occasional bouts of ‘app envy’ but I still like it). So what about these Android devices? Are you ready to move over to another provider etc to get one? Do you have any plans to further commit your life to Google? Let us know.

  • Android will have tough time entering market while they can’t tell why they are so much better than a)IPhone, b)Windows Mobile c) Symbian/Blackbery/etc.
    At the moment there is no clear message on that. And no, the reason “Google made this” will not do. Also, most people (except geeks) do not care that the platform is open for developers. The amount of application is a factor, and some unique, interesting apps would help a lot.

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  • Completely agree with Giedrius. Most non-techies or non-search people I speak with (i.e. my family, wife, and friends) have no idea what Android is, or would care if they understood the open platform. It will take a huge advertising effort to build awareness beyond the tech community but I’m not sure who would lead that charge. I think the platform will gain a little momentum when other device makers release more Android phones and add their marketing dollars to T-Mobile’s. But Apple and BlackBerry seem to have a huge head start with Palm potentially re-entering the fray this summer.

    I, too, am a BB Storm user and suffer the “app envy” Frank mentions. But the Verizon service and reliability make up for the lack of “sizzle”. I’ve had it two weeks and so far, so good!

  • I have to agree with the first two comments unless you’re a Google Geek or a techie you don’t know or care what an Android is. Being a Google Geek myself I was strongly considering switching over from Verizon to T-Mobile solely for a G1, but after hearing about the limited availability of T-Mobile’s network I decided against it.

    I’m curious to see what other providers jump on the bandwagon and start carrying Android phones and what kind of capabilities the new phones will have. If Verizon comes out with an Android phone at some point they will definitely keep my loyalty.

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  • I considered both the iPhone and Blackberry Storm, but I’m happy with my decision to buy the G1.

    I think T-Mobile could see a return on their investment if they went after younger consumers. T-Mobile service is considerably expensive than Verizon. Also Blackberry is too heavily associated with business and work. I want my phone to be a social device – and I think most people my age (30) and younger would agree. As for the iPhone – sure it has more apps, but that touchscreen keyboard is b.s. Also, *everyone* has one.

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  • I definitely prefer the G1 over the iPhone/Blackberry Bold. I’m such a google lover, and everyone knows Google do things best!

  • I like T-mobile, and G1 is the best “business” phone they make. If they made an Iphone-I’d buy that instead. The major downside to the G1 is that it has so few applications compared to the Iphone.

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