Following up on rumorage that pre-sales for the HTC Dream/G1 would start Sept. 17, TmoWorld says they've got the full skinny on T-Mobile's Android debut party: Supposedly, pre-orders will be online only for eligible post-paid customers-lasting through Oct. 3-who will get the phone on Oct. 13, the public launch day. TmoWorld says the subsidized price will be $199 w/ a two-year contract (no one-year option). Price seems to be the blurriest bit of info, possibly because it isn't totally set yet. For instance, TmoNews, who has a more proven record, says it might be $150 for upgraders. (One scenario: It's $150 for pre-orders, $200 for eligible people with new two-year contracts. But that seems a little overly complicated.) Monthly plans will be $35 w/ unlimited data/messaging or $25 for unlimited data/400 messages. Most of this sounds about right-not too far off the mark, anyway. [TmoWorld]
I don't do any text so I hope the $20 total internet plan is an option. I wouldn't pre-order this phone without reading a review first. Would be cool if this works with the $6 t-zones plan. No doubt you will pay full price and get a rebate after they verify that you have the 'correct' internet plan.
$200 seems high. I know it's the same price as the iphone 3g, but it's the IPHONE. :)
Being HTC, things to fear:
- slow camera shutter.
- 2 inch earphone adapter that sticks out perpendicularly, ready to poke someone's eye out or snap off trying.
- weak battery with shape-killing extended battery coming out a year later. The battery better be big since anything google is network hungry.
- speakerphone? more importantly, can voip applications use the ear speaker or are they forced to use the speakerphone?
- android has no bluetooth support yet so I guess the bluetooth hardware will be useless at first. Will they be like apple and charge us a nominal fee once they 'add' that feature?
- there better be an on-screen keyboard since I'm not flipping my phone sideways all the time.