T-Mobile Triples Production of Android G1 Phone
A surge in consumer demand for the first smart phone powered by Google's Android software has prompted T-Mobile to triple its order from HTC for the G1 smart phone and to extend the deadline for presales before the Oct. 22 launch.Strong presales of T-Mobile's G1 smart phone have prompted the mobile carrier to triple its orders for the first smart phone powered by Google's Android software. Set for an Oct. 22 launch date, T-Mobile also announced it was extending presales of the G1 to Oct. 21 although the much-anticipated phone will be delivered at a later date. The presales demand seem to support T-Mobile's prediction that it will sell more than 500,000 units by the end of 2008. HTC, which is manufacturing the G1, has said it expects that T-Mobile will sell 600,000 to 700,000 units from late October through Dec. 31 and as many as 2 million by the end of 2009.
"Given the great anticipation and the heavy presale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all," T-Mobile said in an Oct. 3 statement.