The UK’s RegHardware.co.uk is reporting that T-Mobile UK has stated that the G1 Android smartphone will be available to UK consumers on October 30th, a mere 15 days from now. It will be available for free to users that sign up for a 40GBP Combi or Flext plan, both of which will offer unlimited browsing and some combination of minutes and text messages.
No word yet on whether the device will be offered in the same color schemes as the U.S. model or not.
Update: The press release, below, states that the G1 will be available in black and white only, ship with a 2GB microSD card, and will support T-Mobile UK’s HSUPA network. It is unclear whether or not the USA model also supports HSUPA and that T-Mobile USA only refrained from mentioning it since their network currently tops out at HSDPA.
Full release below:
London, 15 October: T-Mobile today announces the hotly anticipated T-Mobile G1 “ the phone built for the internet and the first to run on the innovative Android open source mobile software platform – will be available in the UK from 30 October.
Exclusive to T-Mobile, the G1 offers a completely new mobile internet experience with full touch screen functionality plus a QWERTY keyboard for easy online communication, high speed internet with popular Google services already on board, and access to innovative application downloads from the new Android Market.
Since unveiling the device in New York in September, over 25,000 UK consumers pre-registered their interest in the device. The wait will be over on 30 October as the T-Mobile G1 hits the shelves at T-Mobile stores just five weeks after it’s official unveiling.
The G1 is available for free on T-Mobile Combi and Flext price plans from £40 a month, including unlimited fast mobile internet browsing powered by T-Mobile’s award-winning network. Combi 35 offers 800 minutes and unlimited texts while Flext 40 gives up to 1,250 minutes or up to 2,500 texts or any mix of the two.
Jim Hyde, Managing Director T-Mobile UK said: With so much excitement generated by the announcement last month, we’re thrilled to bring the T-Mobile G1 to the UK in time for Christmas. It’s set to revolutionise the way we use the internet on our mobiles: it’s uniquely built for effortless online communication – whether you want to email, text or blog – and with access to some groundbreaking applications on Android market, the possibilities really are endless.
The T-Mobile G1 will feature a range of exciting applications pre-loaded at launch and with a couple of short clicks to Android Market, customers can find and download innovative applications from games and navigation tools to on-the-go shopping comparisons.
The G1’s full QWERTY keyboard makes it simple to write exactly what you want to say and navigating is even easier using the touch screen and trackball. There’s also one touch access to all your favourite Google applications including web search, Google Maps, Google Talk and Google Mail. So whether it’s email, instant messaging, social network updates or even calling and texting, the T-Mobile G1 is perfect for whatever form of communication you prefer.
With Google Maps, T-Mobile G1 users can instantly view maps, satellite imagery, find local business and get driving directions. And Google Maps synchs with the built-in compass “ an industry first “ to allow users to view locations and navigate 360 degrees by simply moving the phone with their hand.
Vital statistics: The T-Mobile G1
Available in two colours: black and white GPS and compass Rich HTML email client which seamlessly synchs email with POP3 or IMAP services 3.5G (HSDPA/HSUPA) and Wi-Fi connectivity 3 Mega pixel camera MP3 music player Pre-installed 2 GB Micro SD memory card (device supports up to an 8 GB card) Bluetooth-enabled Up to 130 hours standby and up to 5 hours talk time Dimensions: 117.7 x 55.7 x 26.5 mm Weight: 158g