image_87Deutsche Telekom, known to most of us as T-Mobile, has recently announced their numbers and figures for the first quarter of 2009. Apart from experiencing increases in revenue overall, they happened to mention that they have also shifted over 1 million G1 units in the United States in just 6 months. A pretty good result on any account, even if AT&T managed to ship 1.6 million iPhones in less time. Within Europe, T-Mobile is fairly well established as a 3G network operator. Within the USA, however, they are a distant 4th in size as far as the major carriers go.

So what does this mean for the G1 and Android? Well, such a feat for T-Mobile is good news for all Android developers, enthusiasts and potential manufacturers. Their gain will motivate other network operators and producers to get on board the Android gravy train and take a slice of the profits. Apparently T-Mobile saw net customer additions fall by 50% during Q1 of this year, so it is safe to say without the G1, T-Mobile would have experienced a much harder fall. This bodes well for more Android devices in the future since as a new and upcoming technology, they appear somewhat more resilient to the general economic trends.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.