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T-Mobile sells a million Android phones

Apr 24, 2009 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

T-Mobile USA says it has sold more than one million Android-based G1 smartphones since the device's debut last year. The revelation came as part of an earnings announcement earlier this week by parent company Deutsche Telekom, our sister publication reports.

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The G1, built by HTC and also marketed as the HTC Dream, was first announced in September 2008, and went on sale in October. The first phone based on the Google-sponsored Android Linux/Java stack, it features 192MB of RAM, 256MB of flash storage, a 3.2-inch touchscreen haptic display, a keyboard, plus WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

The T-Mobile G1
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The G1 is designed to be used on Deutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile's 3G networks in the U.S.and Europe, and offers quad-band (850/900/1800/1900MHz) connectivity. Following the U.S. launch of the device, T-Mobile started European sales of the device in February, offering it to consumers in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, and Poland. T-Mobile says it has 100 million customers in Europe, but only about 32 million in the U.S.

HTC's Magic will be its second Android phone
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Sales of the G1 — which has been criticized by some for its quirky “Inspector Gadget” styling — could be considered a triumph, given that when it was launched, the phone was an unproven device running an unproven operating system. T-Mobile plans to follow up the smartphone with a home telephone and a tablet computer, according to The New York Times, and apparently will also be selling its own version of the keyboardless G2 phone, a.k.a. HTC Magic, already set for release in Europe by Vodafone.

The Motley Fool reported last year that T-Mobile had sold out more than 1.5 million pre-ordered G1 phones. That claim was later retracted by the publication as having been “incorrectly calculated,” however.

Further information

To read eWEEK's report on T-Mobile G1 sales, see the publication's website, here.

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