updated 10:55 am EDT, Thu September 18, 2008
T-Mobile G1 to Cost 199
T-Mobile's G1 smartphone will match the pricing of the iPhone 3G when it's announced next week, according to tips supplied to the Wall Street Journal. The paper hears that the first Android phone will cost $199 on contract, equaling the price for an 8GB iPhone 3G under similar terms. This same alleged insider also claims that T-Mobile will introduce "aggressively priced" new data plans to capitalize on the G1's faster 3G data access.
Also believed to be confirmed in the scoop is word that the device will carry Google branding in addition to T-Mobile's name as well as the name of the manufacturer, HTC. The label would emphasize Google's co-development of the phone and the services that run on it. Such labeling is rare among cellphone carriers, which often emphasize their own branding first and rarely include little else besides the manufacturer's brand.
The pricing partly lines up with recent leaks regarding the strategy that mention a $200 average price, though these also suggest that some customers pre-ordering the G1 may pay as little as $150.
These leaks appear just as T-Mobile itself has set a press event for September 23rd to introduce the G1 and has announced rapid 3G expansion for the year, most of which should be complete by the time the Android phone goes on sale roughly a month later.