Will the Google Phone Give T-Mobile USA a Boost?

19 thoughts on “Will the Google Phone Give T-Mobile USA a Boost?”

  1. – In regards the differing 3G frequencies, this could be beneficial for TMO in that Android adopters are less able to unlock the phone for use on the carrier of their choice.

    – Not since the Sidekick has TMO had a must-have device. The sidekick, while undoubtedly the best messaging device at the time, lacked features otherwise that turned off business and power users (like myself). Android, on the other hand, could be the jack of all trades type device, like the iPhone is for ATT that could attract a much wider swath of subscribers.

    – TMO’s wifi system is a great service that other carriers aren’t offering and because they are not necessarily aligned with a larger domestic telecom (VZW-VZ, ATTWS-ATT, etc) they could really make up for the lack of 3G penetration. Unfortunately for them, they havent received the traction needed on this service to attract new subscribers.

  2. My primary data phone is an iMate Ultimate 6150, which I picked up in Dubai in January of 08. Love the phone. Absolutely amazing quick on AT&T’s network, and supposedly compatible with T-Mobile’s AWS network. But time will tell. Over the past few years, as contracts expired, I’ve been moving employees and family members away from our T-Mobile “life time” commitment solely over the 3G delays. It’s ridiculous that an international company the size of DT can’t roll out even a simple 3G network in the 4 years they’ve promised it.

    Google Android looks like a yawn to me. The iPhone is a yawn. WM6 is a yawn. When will developers actually work with both power users AND amateur users to develop an interface that actually works well? For my WM6 phones, I keep a long thumbnail to touch type quickly. On the iPhones, I can’t type at all because of the lack of fingernail sensitivity. The interfaces on all the phones I’ve used are subpar in terms of efficiency in typing in long notes or emails.

    Wake me when someone releases something revolutionary, that actually considers the power user from the get-go. The wannabe Paris Hiltons will do fine with their Sidekick keyboards.

  3. Absolutely.

    I agree with all the comments made so far, however here in the US the G1 gphone will stand out. Combine its’ usage with T-Mobile’s HotSpot @Home service and you’ve got a catalyst for unwiring the home phone at a modest price point.

    Best,

    Curtis

  4. No way. Android has gotten lots of attention in the Silicon Valley echo chamber, but the G-Phone’s a turkey that will poop all over Android’s already-feeble marketing launch.

    Its hardware is deeply unsexy. Its UI is confusing and depressing. It is the George Costanza of cell phones, and will be remembered by T-Mobile only as a huge time-sink. Heads will roll.

  5. I’ve been a Sprint customer for more than a decade. Through retentions and a magical four-letter plan, my last phone (Samsung M610) was free and my plan is greatly discounted. It would take a fair bit for me to leave and the only company I’m considering right now is T-Mobile.

    There are two T-Mobile offerings that have me interested in switching to the company: the G1 and UMA. I’m intrigued by the G1’s apps and services. I’m also interested in T-Mobile’s Nokia UMA handset. In a perfect world, T-Mobile would have an Android device with UMA connectivity.

    I suppose I’m interested in the company’s superior service too, though I’m a pretty low maintenance customer. While Verizon is rated tops by JD Power, everyone that I know on T-Mobile has raved about the company. My friends on Verizon say that it’s just as bad as AT&T.

    Oh yeah, I’m not sure why people think the phone is ugly. It looks perfectly fine to me.

    @Paul What are you basing this off of? You’ve seen the release version of the OS?

  6. Not impressed so far with the looks of this phone. It looks cheap and lags in the videos I’ve seen. Looks more like a prize in a box of cracker jacks than the roll out of a new platform.

    As for a boost to T-Mobile, I suspect they will see a short term user spike as people want to try this phone.

    Maybe a year from now it will be more impressive, but for now seems to offer nothing other phones don’t do better. Open-source = Open-Sores. This may bite them in the long run.

  7. @Curtis Have you actually attempted to use the T-Mobile @Home service? Voice quality is about as good as my first (circa 1994) analog mobile phone and the reliability is almost unimaginably bad. I have had two separate outages which each lasted more than two *weeks*! Even at just $10 per month (plus hundreds of dollars in hidden fees) it is no bargain. You will get much better sound quality and reliability from two tin cans and a piece of string

  8. I was hoping that G1 was going to be UMA, but it’s not. My condo is built with steel I frame (whatever that is!) and I have no signal from ANY cell service inside the place. UMA is the only way I can receive/make calls etc while at home. Have a curve now…hoping for some type of upgrade soon! Come on T-Mobile…the people you already have as Hot Spot customers are getting fritzed waiting for new, exciting devices that are on a par with other carriers.

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