T-Mobile is guaranteeing that customers who order its Android-based G2 smartphone through Oct. 4 will receive the handset upon its Oct. 6 release. The device will compete with the Motorola Droid X, Droid 2 and Samsung Fascinate.
T-Mobile opened up its G2 Android
smartphone for preorder here
Sept. 24, guaranteeing that customers who order the
phone beginning Sept. 24 through Oct. 4 will receive the handset on its Oct. 6
The descendant of the T-Mobile G1, the first smartphone
based on Google's Android operating system, the G2 runs Android 2.2 and boasts a
3.7-inch screen with a "unique hinge design" that opens to a full
While T-Mobile hasn't publicly slapped a price tag on the
device, which comes to market two years after its G1 and one year after its
myTouch 3G, TMO News found this screenshot
quoting the figure at $199.99.
TMO News also broke the news about the release date, capturing this secret screenshot
of the preorder form from T-Mobile's marketing team before the preorder Website went live. T-Mobile invites users:
"From September 24 through October 4, existing
T-Mobile customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to preorder the
T-Mobile G2 with Google at select T-Mobile retail stores, through Care
upgrades, and online at http://G2.t-mobile.com. A limited number of G2 smartphones
will also be available for employees to preorder on My T-Mobile."
The G2 will be available to all customers from T-Mobile
retail stores, some retail partner locations and online from T-Mobile Oct.
That means T-Mobile, the No. 4 U.S. wireless carrier,
will get the jump on other Android handsets for preholiday sales.
The last high-end Android 2.2 smartphone to make a splash
was the Android 2.1-based
, released by Verizon Wireless Sept. 8. Before that, Verizon offered the popular Motorola Droid 2
The G2 hopes to give those devices steep competition by
luring customers with the promise of
4G data downloads
The gadget is
by a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7230 800 MHz mobile processor and will
drive data at theoretical peak speeds of 14.4M bps, the carrier said.
The G2 offers an HD video camera for shooting 720p video
and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus.
There is support for Microsoft Exchange e-mail, contacts
and calendar and a preinstalled 8GB microSD memory card with support for up to
32GB. The device also supports Adobe Flash and the Swype text input
Like the competing Droid line of devices from Verizon
Wireless, the G2 is preloaded with several Google mobile applications. The
device promises one-click access to Gmail, Google Maps with Places and
Navigation and the Android Market.