6 years ago

Ask Android Central: Is the T-Mobile G1 Available in the UK ?


Continuing our newest feature, Ask Android Central, where you guys ask the question and we provide the answer, we have a question from Antoinette regarding the T-Mobile G1’s availability across the pond!

Antoinette asks “I really like the G1. It is a little costly. Do you think it is possible for me to buy one for the UK?”


Check out Android Central’s answer after the break!

To quickly and succinctly answer your question before we delve into the deeper issues such as price concerns, Yes, the T-Mobile G1 is available for the UK! It was released on October 30th, 2008 for FREE if you sign up for a £40/month plan. Worried that the £40/month was too steep (it roughly translates to $62)?

No worries! After a recent price drop in the UK, the T-Mobile G1 is NOW available for FREE if you sign up to a £30/month ($46) on a 18-month contract which includes “700 minutes, 1400 texts, or any mix you use”. We at Android Central aren’t exactly sure what “any mix you use” actually means, but we’re sure you UK folks might be more familiar with it. To sweeten the deal even more, T-Mobile UK is throwing in an 8GB microSD card!

Compared to the US, where we pay $179 for the phone, $55+ for a service plan, and only a 1GB microSD card included—it can almost be considered a steal! The UK version is also ALL white. Unlike the two-tone silver backing of the US version, the White UK G1 looks clean as a whistle!

Now for the greater concern. Is the G1 priced too high? We can’t speak for the UK pricing strategy since we’re not all too familiar with the phone climate across the pond, but here in the United States we think the G1 is definitely priced on the low end of the smartphone spectrum. At the very least, it’s the most competitive pricing of any smartphone in the Smartphone Round Robin.

Let’s take a look:

Obviously, this is an admittedly rough chart that doesn’t take into consideration A LOT of different factors. Like quality of the service, 3G networks, amount of minutes, text messages, etc. This is a very, very rough comparison of pricing you’d find on the carrier’s websites. But either way, the T-Mobile G1 is hands down the cheapest smartphone you can buy out the door.

We at Android Central won’t go as far to consider the G1’s price to be “cheap” but it surely is competitive. I think T-Mobile, Google, and HTC did a fair job in pricing it at a point where they could profit from hardware sales but still allow the consumer to save some money. In all, we think the G1 represents great value—you get a desktop-class OS with a burgeoning app selection, instant access to the internet, and well the knowledge of being cool to Google fans everywhere.


Did we get anything wrong? Tell us so in the comments! And if you have a question to ask Android Central, feel free to contact us via our Contacts Form and your question just might be featured in the next Ask Android Central!

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6 years ago

T-Mobile To Get Rid of Upgrade Fees?


Tmonews is reporting that there are whispers that T-Mobile is going to finally get rid of the $18 upgrade fee that has irked a lot of customers whenever they upgrade to a newer handset. Obviously $18 isn't going to be a dealbreaker if you really wanted your G1 but in these tough economic conditions, every dollar counts.

“We have received feedback from you on behalf of our customers that the $18 Handset Upgrade Fee is a real customer diss atisfier. Based on your feedback, we are eliminiating the $18 Handset Upgrade Free effective immediately.” 

This is another sign that T-Mobile is still the friendliest carrier around these parts. And that isn't a backhanded compliment. Well, not really.


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6 years ago

Round Robin: Palm Treo Pro Video Review



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The Smartphone Round Robin is in Week 4 and this will be the last week we spend on another smartphone platform! Obviously, I'm eager to jump back onto the G1 but before we do that we have to give a fair and honest review to the Palm Treo Pro!

The Palm Treo Pro is a bit of a joint effort from a lot of important companies. The hardware was designed by HTC, the software runs Windows Mobile, but in the end its branded a Palm Treo Pro. Interesting. Either way, this is the Treo that combines everything you'd want spec-wise--3G, WiFi, GPS--in a smartphone. Is it too little too late? Or not nearly enough?

To give you a preview of my first impressions: I'm a HUGE fan of the form factor. It's not too wide, not too thin, and really feels easy to hold in the hand. And with Windows Mobile? I'm already instantly more comfortable using it than I was with the AT&T Fuze. Check out the video for the rest of Android Central's first impressions of the Palm Treo Pro!

This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment To Win a T-Mobile G1! – Details Here

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6 years ago

Unlocked G1 eBay Portal


IntoMobile points us to http://www.unlockedg1.org/, which is an odd little site that looks to be nothing more than a listing of unlocked T-Mobile G1 auctions on eBay.

We say 'odd' because we're not entirely clear how the site intends to, you know, make money. But like all things free on the internets, that's not really your problem. Instead you get a convenient place that lists 20 auctions for unlocked G1s, completely with expiration time, buy-it-now indicators, and the current price. If you're on the hunt for an unlocked G1 and that Developer Edition doesn't strike your fancy, it's a decent place to check.

Thanks James!

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6 years ago

Lenovo OPhone: More Pics & Details - O' My!


Is this a hot little number or what? Move over, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, and make room for a new hottie - the Lenovo OPhone from China. Our very own Casey Chan posted about the Lenovo some time back, and now more pictures (like the one above) and details have emerged compliments of living_sword at modmygphone.com.

The Lenovo OPhone sports a 5MP camera (!!!) with auto-focus and flash, microSD slot, virtual keyboard for input, voice recorder, and more. It's China only, but hey, it would be fantastic if this sleek and beautiful design inspired some sleekness here in the States! Check out living_sword's post for more pics!


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6 years ago

How To: Save YouTube Videos to your G1 Android


Are you a YouTube junkie? Are you one of those people that simply MUST get your YouTube on every day and share with your friends? To me, YouTube is simply amazing. Fifteen years ago, I never would have dreamed of having the ability to post, share, and view thousands upon thousands of videos posted by people all over the planet. If you want to carry your YouTube vids on the go, saved to your G1, then check out the video and step-by-step provided by AndroidTapp via www.intomobile.com:

  1. Search for the video you want. In the video below, I choose “The Transporter 3 movie trailer”
  2. Tapp the YouTube link, by default the G1 will prompt 2 options: Browser or YouTube. Chose “Browser”. The reason, to get the YouTube link.
  3. Tapp “Menu” + “Go to URL”, the YouTube URL should appear http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kodviK1AHdg.
  4. Press on the keyboard “Menu” + “C” to Copy on the G1
  5. Go to www.keepvid.com
  6. In the search field press on the keyboard “Menu” + “V” to Paste on the G1, hit Enter
  7. Slide down and Tapp “›› Download ‹‹ (video.mp4 - High Quality)“. This will open a new window and download the MP4 in your browser history. Disregard the .FLV version as the G1 can’t do Flash Video… yet. (Alternatively, it’s saved on your SD Card under “downloads” folder).
A big thanks to intomobile.com and AndroidTapp for the step-by-step! [AndroidTapp via intomobile]

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6 years ago

Google's My Maps Editor in Android Market


Google's My Maps Editor is now available in the Android Market, allowing users to create, edit, share and view customized maps on Android handsets, like the G1. Users can also sync these personalized maps to the My Maps tab on Google Maps. It also supports geo-tagging using photos taken with your phone. Other functionality includes markers, lines, and shapes on maps.

If you are planning your next epic ride or road trip, enjoy the convenience of marking up and personalizing your own map and then share with your friends and family via Google Maps. For your convenience, your changes are automatically synchronized from your phone. Download it, use it, and let us know what you think!


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6 years ago

Jeffrey Sharkey Delivers Two More Apps Before Joining Google


Jeffrey Sharkey, the wizard behind CompareEverywhere (formerly Scan) and Android Developer Challenge winner (earning him a cool $250,000), is starting a new job at Google where he will join the Android team. Congrats, Jeffrey!

Before he starts working behind the scenes of this beloved OS, he dropped two more apps into the Android Market for us to download and enjoy - GroupHome and OilCan. GroupHome organizes your Android apps by the same category system found in the Android Market and makes it easier to delete apps or display more details about your apps. OilCan is the Android version of GreaseMonkey and helps you customize any website via insertion of JavaScript and much more.

We thank Jeffrey for the apps he's developed for the Android community and wish him the best as he starts working on Android for Google!


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6 years ago

Visa App Available for Android


The Visa Mobile Application (Visa Mobile BETA) is now available for Android, is in the Android Market, and you can download it to your T-Mobile G1. At this point in time, you need to be a Chase Visa cardholder. With this app, you can get real-time alerts to track your daily transactions and get offers on special deals for cardholders. This is also a great way to track for unauthorized use of your card, particularly in this day and age of more frequent identity theft. Chase partner cards (airline, retail, or university partners) are not supported at this time. It's a free download, so if there are any Chase Visa cardholders out there willing to give the app a spin, let us know in Comments what you think!


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6 years ago

Round Robin: Answers To Your Blackberry Bold Questions


With week 3 of the Smartphone Round Robin nearly over, here are the answers to your questions on the Blackberry Bold!

A lot of folks were wondering how good the screen is on the Bold and if you didn't see my reaction to it in my Video Review or in the in-depth Review, you'll get a final answer today. I'm definitely going to miss the Blackberry Bold and hope/pray for similar hardware to come to Android. Blackberry Way, Bold, RIM, whatever--it's a fine device!

Read on to see the answers to your questions on the Blackberry Bold!


Also, this is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 !— More Details Here

Jake asks Is this any different from an ordinary blackberry?


Ah, a great question to start with. The Bold’s hardware is far from ordinary. Every aspect of the hardware is top-notch, from the amazingly gorgeous screen to the leather backing to even the clickiness of the buttons—the Bold screams luxury. Also, it’s the first and only Blackberry to have 3G, GPS, and Wi-Fi all in one package.

But if you can look past the beauty of the Bold, I get what you’re saying, it is an ordinary Blackberry—albeit an ordinary Blackberry on steroids. It’s not a completely different like the Storm and though hardware wise it’s a tremendous step up from a Curve, the basic Blackberry form factor remains the same.

Also, the BBOS has gotten a minimal facelift and a better browser—after that, everything is pretty much the same. I hate to call such a great device ordinary, but yeah, the Bold is an “ordinary” Blackberry.


ilikephones asks Casey, How much do you like the screen? Do you think this is a phone you could actually switch to and be happy? Does the ability to use one handed have that much of an impact on you?


I love the screen. I can’t stress it enough. If you haven’t seen the screen, do yourself a favor and find it now. I’m not even afraid of hyping it up too much and raising your expectations: it is THAT good.

Could I switch to this phone? Definitely. Blackberry makes things easy and manageable, and since the OS has pretty much matured you’ll experience few growing pains. But would I be happy? I would be satisfied, but I’m pretty sure the Bold wouldn’t excite me as much as Android or the iPhone. (Yeah, I know. What kind of guy needs a phone to excite them? That’s dumb)

And yeah, you can use the Bold one handed but for me one-handed use or the lack of one-handed use is neither a deal breaker or deal maker.


Tim asks does the bold’s os have any problems like the storm’s os?


Not this build. I think any problems or bugs in the OS have been fixed and I haven’t really experienced anything but snappiness and speediness with the Bold. I guess that makes good for Storm owners because you know that EVENTUALLY you’ll get a semi-working phone.


Brian P. asks Which would you pick. Storm or Bold? How do you like the app offerings from blackberry vs. android vs. iphone?


Bold. 10 times out of 10 Bold. I never saw the appeal of the Storm. If you want to buy into the Blackberry Way, get the best Blackberry ever and a Blackberry that is built for the OS. And that happens to be the Bold.

If you want a touchscreen device—get a G1 or iPhone. I just don’t think the BBOS was built for a touchscreen. My gripe with the lack of touchscreen in the Bold is more so because I wanted a complement to the trackball experience. Trackball + Touchscreen will always be greater than just a trackball, there’s just no way around it.

The Android app offerings blow Blackberry app offerings out of the water. When you compare ease of getting apps, the cost of apps, and the innovation in the apps—it’s really no contest. And the crazy thing? Android hasn’t even been out 2 months.


Uppity Trini asks How do u feel about the messaging compared to the g1?


I think Blackberry is messaging made simple. You can fire off an e-mail, a SMS, a BBM in a moment’s notice. Blackberry is undoubtedly a messaging powerhouse. The G1 is good but the Blackberry is the best.


Devonair asks Is it possible to install and run apps off of a memory card?


No, I don’t think this is possible. You’ll have to use the on board memory for apps instead.


matt asks 1) is this device as big as it looks? 2) what software did you miss from the g1? What software did you wish the g1 had?


Yeah, it is as big at it looks. People used to smaller devices will certainly notice the larger footprint of the Bold. I didn’t find it too bothersome but I know a lot of people would prefer a smaller Curve-sized or Treo Pro-sized device.

For the software I missed from the G1? I missed the Android Market. Apps made easy should be the forthcoming theme for all smartphone platforms. I also missed the cool third party apps like Locale. What I would like in the G1? I wouldn’t mind a unified inbox but then again, with the current notification setup on Android, it’s not a big a deal.


Charlotte asks with a new os, how is it an improvement?


It looks a heck of a lot more modern. RIM must’ve realized that fonts actually matter in 2008. Thank god for that. Other than that, the browser got a much-needed update. Not sure of anything after that.


inportb asks Hm… it may not have a touchscreen, but it does have a super-awesome keypad and trackball. How does the trackball compare to the G1’s?


I felt that they were exactly the same. There was no discernable difference in movements except that I feel like the Bold’s trackball can get dirtier easier. One thing though, the trackball placement on the Bold is a lot more convenient for your hand.


Jlai asks What is the resolution of the screen?


480x320 of crisp, colorful, vibrant pixels.


Blueline asks I have heard you can see some sort of mesh looking design on the screen. Have you noticed this and if so what do you think it is.


Hmm. I didn’t notice it before, but now that you mention it there is a slight mesh-iness to it. BB expert B1aze says it’s a side effect of the theme, change your theme and you should be fine. Thanks B1aze!

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6 years ago

Kogan's Agora Slighty Changes Design


The Kogan Agora, better known as the World's Second Android Device, made Australian boutique electronics maker Kogan has gotten a little bit of a facelift right before release. From what we can gather, and again this is only a render not the actual image, it looks like they clarified the button situation and also put in a real directional d-pad. They also re-mapped some of the keyboard functions and it seems a wee bit wider.

The pricing remains the same--$299 and $399 for the Pro. Looking at the specs, it seems as if the Pro includes Wi-Fi and a 2.0 megapixel camera for the added cost. Overall, we're still pretty impressed with the speed that a boutique company could put out a seemingly solid Android device and definitely still excited to get this thing in our hands.

[Kogan via Engadget]

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6 years ago

Kansas City Getting T-Mobile 3G on December 19th


After a fairly quiet 3G rollout from T-Mobile, they're getting things kicked off again with a planned 3G rollout for Kansas City! We know the Chiefs have been struggling so what else to ease the pain of a bad football team than to surf the internet on your smartphone via blazing fast 3G networks?

As always, we'll keep you posted when more cities get T-Mobile 3G!


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6 years ago

Round Robin: TreoCentral Jennifer's Final Thoughts on the T-Mobile G1


TreoCentral's Jennifer has finished her time with the T-Mobile G1 and comes away fairly impressed! She's still not the biggest fan of the hardware but she does like the nifty little tricks of Android. One of her biggest gripes with the hardware is that the keyboard is kind of hard to read in certain conditions, which we agree with, but the black version of the G1 doesn't seem to run into these problems.

Overall, she liked Android because she could navigate the OS pretty easily. The simplicity reminded her of her Palm OS and she loved the customization of the home screen. Overall, it seems like she had such a good time with the Android OS and the G1!

Go check out TreoCentral's full review of the T-Mobile G1!


This is an Official Round Robin Contest Post, Comment to Win a T-Mobile G1 !— More Details Here

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6 years ago

Lenovo's China-Only Android Ophone Makes Us Jealous


Hey HTC! Wake Up! You see that phone right there? It's supposed to be a work in progress Android phone for China Mobile. Currently dubbed the Ophone, it's only going to support China's own TD-SCDMA 3G Network and will also use some China Open Standards as well. Made by Lenovo, it looks stylish and definitely a lot better than the G1. Sadly, this puppy will never see the light of day here in the States because it won't fit into the technology here.

So though we might never get the Ophone here in the US of A, maybe, just maybe HTC will take some of those design cues and put it towards an Android device. Android can look pretty too!


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6 years ago

Top 10 Most Downloaded Android Apps


Medialets has come again with some Android Market statistics, this time for the month of November. The top 10 list is a combination of some games, some social networking tools, and some multimedia applications. Not a bad mix for a still green smartphone platform.

The number one application, and the only one to reach the "More than 250,000" download range is Namco's Pac-Man. Us Android Users definitely have a soft spot for tradition, don't we? MySpace Mobile and the Weather Channel are 2 and 3, respectively.

Here's the full list:

  1. Pac-Man by Namco
  2. MySpace Mobile
  3. The Weather Channel
  4. ShopSavvy
  5. Ringdroid
  6. imeem Mobile
  7. Shazam
  8. Rings Extended
  9. Bonsai Blast
  10. Brain Genius Deluxe

How many of the top 10 Android Apps do you have?

[via Gizmodo]

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