There has been a lot of criticism over the ad campaign T-Mobile rolled out for the G1 when it launched. the simple commercials on TV really didn’t generate much excitement or feature the capabilities the G1 has. All they told us is that you could to Google searches with the G1. Today, T-Mobile has launched an all new online ad campaign on AOL’s online network of sites. This includes the main AOL site and a slew of their affiliated media and blogging sites. The price tag on this new ad campaign is rumored to be $1.5 million. I’d be surprised if you have not already seen the ads. I was just over on www.autoblog.com and T-mobile has taken over 5 out of the 6 ad spots on the site. I guess they want to make sure you don’t miss it.
T-Mobile has been experiencing some technical difficulties with their G1 customers today. When customers signed up to pre-order the G1, they were required to sign up for a data plan ass well. It turns out though that they decided to give everyone a "free trial" period of T-Mobile new 3G network. The free trial period expired today and customer’s accounts should have automatically switched over to the data plans that they selected when they purchased the phones. Unfortunately things are not going as smoothly as T-Mobile expected. G1 customers are reporting that their 3G and edge internet connections are not working.
I experienced the same thing right around noon today. I checked my account online and found that there was no data plan associated with my account. A quick call T-Mobile customer support and they were able to add my data plan back onto my account, but it seems that customers who have had the data plan dropped from their account could wait up to 48 hours until the internet connection starts working again.
Have you lost your internet connection on your G1?
We all know that the U.K. will be the next market to get their hands on the G1 this year. But who’s in line after them. T-Mobile is the smallest of the national carriers in the U.S. but they are by far the largest global cell phone provider. And since they are based in Germany, it only seems fair that our friend on the other side of the Atlantic get a chance to get their finger prints all over the G1’s glossy screen. At the moment, the only thing we are basing this educated guess on is the Android roadmap (which yesterday revealed that a virtual keyboard is on the works). According to the document, a German localized version of Android will be ready some time before the end of the year. There’s no guarantee that the G1 will be hitting the streets of Germany before January 1, 2009, but keep in mind that only 3 months ago there were rumors that the G1 would not even launch this year. Anything is possible with Google!
The wait is finally over. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the T-mobile G1 with Google. If you have not heard by now, T-Mobile has just officially launched the HTC made G1 and it is currently available for all to buy. T-Mobile customers were able to pre-order the G1 last month, but deliveries only started trickling in on Monday. Now anyone can stroll right in to a T-Mobile store (only in a T-Mobile 3G market) and pick up one of these bad boys for $179 with a new two year agreement. But you better hurry. I stopped by a few stores this morning to see how things were going for our good friends in magenta and it seems as though business was booming. Unfortunately we don’t know how many Android powered phones each of the stores will carry.
So…. did you take the plunge and jump carrier, stand in line all night to be the first in line. We’d love to hear your story and your first impressions on the G1. FYI, this post was written on my new black G1, the UPS man dropped it off for me last night and I’m loving it.
If you have not noticed, there are thousands of eager G1 fans waiting for the delivery of their T-Mobile G1 pre-order units. When I ordered my G1 on the day it was announced, I was given a message that said my G1 would be delivered before October 22. Since October 22 is the official G1 launch in T-Mobile’s retail locations, the assumption was that everyone who was able to place their pre-order within the first week or so would get their phones on October 22.
This may not be the case. There are reports on various forums and blogs that G1’s are already shipping to various parts on the country. Android Community has an extensive thread with dozens of people reporting the same thing. At the moment it seem only people on the West Coast (mainly southern California and Washington State) are able to access their tracking information on UPS.com, but I’m sure as the day progresses, more users will be chiming in and adding their city to the list.
If you did pre-order the T-Mobile G1 you are probably aware that T-Mobile will not be sending out UPS tracking numbers for your order. However, you can track the phone by using your cell phone number or the main cell number for your T-Mobile account. Here’s a few steps on how you can do this.
1. Go to www.ups.com
2. On the top menu, click the "Tracking" button
3. Once on the Tracking page, click the "Track by Reference" link on the left menu
4. Once the page loads, use your cell phone number in the "Shipping Reference" field
****Make sure you enter your number like this 555-555-5555, if you leave out the dashes this will not work*****
5. Fill in the date range
6. Hit the "track" button at the bottom of the page
If you’re T-Mobile G1 has been entered into the system it should give you some details on the tracking. Many people are still getting messages saying that UPS can not locate the shipment details at this time.
Confirmed 5 States – if you have a confirmation, lease us a message letting us know which state you are in
NV (thanks Rudy)
OR (thanks Chris)
RI (thanks haitiankid4lyf)
WA (thanks David)
We first got wind that T-Mobile had run through their initial allotment of pre-order G’s more than a week ago. A few days later we received word that T-Mobile tripled their order with ITCH for pre-order units (though they would not be delivered to customers on October 22). Now it seems like T-Mobile may have already pre-sold 1.5 million T-Mobile G’s.
T-Mobile and Google have a lot to prove with the G1. T-Mobile is using the phone as it’s anchor device for their 3G launch this month and Google needs to make sure the G1 launch goes off without a hitch since the success of Android could hang in the balance. If this news turns out to be true, the G1 has already sold nearly double what ITCH, Google, and T-Mobile had forecast for the entire year and we still have not started the holiday shopping season yet.
One other things to keep in mind is that the 1.5 million pre-ordered units are all going to existing T-Mobile customers. T-Mobile stores will be all stocked up on October 22 for those who want to get their hands on the G1 who are currently not T-Mobile customers. News like this is pretty exciting, but I’m sure we won’t be seeing people lined up outside T-Mobile stores as we saw with the iPhone release, but lets just hope we are wrong.
We got word last weekend that T-Mobile had burned through their innitial allotment of pre-order G1’s. Then, they started selling them again through their website. Now, T-Mobile has confirmed that they will still be taking pre-orders for the G1 all the way up to October 21, the day before the G1 hits T-Mobile stores across the nation. There is a catch though, the G1’s ordered between now and October 21 will not be showing up on your front door on October 22. T-Mobile has stated that the handsets would be shipped as early as November 10, nearly two weeks after they show up at retail. If you ask me, if you have not ordered your G1 by now, simply wait till launch day and hit up your nearest T-Mobile store as early as you can. We do not know how many units each T-Mobile store will be alloted, but I’m sure you’ll have a good chance of picking one up before they run out.