October 15, 2016
Pre-orders for Google’s new Android-based smartphone have been three times the level anticipated by network operator T-Mobile who is selling the phones.
1.5 million people have already placed an order for the G1 handset, which comes out later this month.
T-Mobile originally placed an order for just 500,000 handsets with handset maker HTC.
‘Supplies are limited’, the T-Mobile website says, ’so order yours today.’
The official release date for the G1 is October 22nd, although pre-orders made before October 21st are unlikely to be delivered until November 10th.
In an effort to give out the handsets as fairly as possible, T-Mobile will be prioritising orders from people who are already T-Mobile customers.
The network operator says this is a ’special thanks’ for customer loyalty.
The G1 smartphone costs $179.99 on a two year T-Mobile contract.
The change to trial Google’s new Android operating system is the phone’s main selling point.
Additional features include touch-screen interaction, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a 3 megapixel camera, full QWERTY keyboard, video playback and onboard web browser.