The other day, we told you about some research from Informa Telecoms & Media that claimed Android-powered devices would surpass iPhone devices by 2012. Thanks to a sale at Amazon.com on the T-Mobile G1 (the only Android device currently on the market) that statistic is one step closer to becoming reality.
Amazon.com is currently offering the T-Mobile G1 for $97.99—just over half what this Android-based handset normally sells for. The regular price for the G1 is $180 with a two-year contract directly from T-Mobile. Amazon.com is also throwing in free two-day shipping when you purchase this phone with a service plan, so you won’t have to wait long to enjoy surfing the net from this 3G compatible handset.
Current T-Mobile customers are excluded from the Amazon deal. In addition, new customers must still sign up for a two-year agreement. Even though existing T-Mobile customers can’t get in on this great Amazon.com deal, many Wal-Marts are offering the G1 for about $150.
The fine print on Amazon.com states that if you deactivate the G1, cancel your line of service, or reduce the value of your service plan within 181 days of activation, you must pay a penalty up to $250 plus tax. There’s also a purchase limit of five devices per household.
As you’ll recall, the T-Mobile G1 is a consumer-oriented smartphone with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and Wi-Fi. It also has a 3.2 megapixel camera and a microSD expansion slot. The G1 is most special because it is the first (and only, to date) Android-powered device. Android is a mobile platform that was developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance.