Haters can step back, it looks like the G1 is already a bona fide success: Accounting for that tripled production run, T-Mobile has apparently sold 1.5 million pre-orders for the G1. Pretty amazing, considering the vast, vast majority of those people have never seen or touched the G1—or any other Android phone—in person. They're still taking pre-orders through the Oct. 22 launch date, but you're probably better off hitting up a store on G-Day. [Fool via Android Community]
All 1.5 million of those phones were sold to existing T-Mobile customers, as the pre-order page was not available to new customers. Not trying to downplay Android at all, but this probably has a fair bit to do with the fact that T-Mobile hasn't had a cool new smartphone in quite a while.
The real test will be next week when it becomes available to non-customers. Will people switch carriers to get it? With AT&T and Verizon having pretty much no hope for carrying an Android phone in the near future, now's as good a time as any to jump ship and hop on the bandwagon.