According to a post at Pulse2.com and one at The Motley Fool, T-Mobile has already pre-sold 1.5 million T-Mobile G1 smartphones. That’s a pretty impressive number by anybody’s estimation. Neither site is saying who the source of this number is, though, so we might have to take it with a grain of salt.
My guess is that they are assuming that there were a half million devices originally available for pre-order from T-Mobile, and that when T-Mobile announced that they were tripling the number available, that would bring the count to 1.5 million.
The next supposition is that those, too, are sold out. But that doesn’t seem to be the case best I can tell. I just went through the motions of buying one, and the site said that it would be in my hands by November 10th. It said nothing about being sold out.
On top of that, I haven’t seen much concrete information about that initial order being 500,000 in size. The only time we see that half million number bandied about is when people talk about how many phones T-Mobile initially hoped to sell by the end of the year.
So, would 1.5 million in pre-sales be great? Hell yeah. Is it true? Not so sure just yet.
Update: Looks like I’m not the only one with more than one neuron firing. Information Week comes to the same conclusion.