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Android Developer Phones [Dec. 8th, 2008|11:47 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Get an SIM-unlocked, bootloader-unlocked, kernel-unlocked, fully flashable Android phone for $399, with free shipping in the US:


(plus $25 if you're not already registered as an Android developer, which is probably the case.)

Awesome. This removes one of my ever-dwindling list of Android complaints, that no open phone has been available that matches the openness of the software.

[User Picture]From: teferi
2008-12-08 07:54 pm (UTC)
The only catch is that since it only has support for the 2100MHz band for 3G, so if you're in the US, you still basically have to be using T-Mobile (AT&T is 1900).
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-12-08 09:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, bummer.
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[User Picture]From: waider
2008-12-08 10:23 pm (UTC)
Curses, I don't see Ireland on that list. Of course, someone could be conflating the UK and Ireland again...
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-12-08 10:30 pm (UTC)
Well, have it shipped to Northern Ireland? :P


(sorry, just had to find an excuse to post that link.... I love it.)
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[User Picture]From: obra
2008-12-08 10:32 pm (UTC)
On the upside, the G1's 3G bands have Japan covered. (Verified in person with production hardware)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-12-09 01:01 am (UTC)
Be careful. There's reportedly a T-Mobile "MyFaves" background app on the G1 that runs all the time sending "free" service SMSes to T-Mobile for whatever MyFaves is. They're free in the US, but not abroad.... some dude reportedly wracked up a huge bill while traveling overseas with his G1.
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[User Picture]From: dan_lane
2008-12-08 11:15 pm (UTC)
Cunningly announced late enough that anyone who was really enthusiastic about Android development has tied themselves down to a T-Mobile contract and the locked-down T-Mobile version of the G1.

I really hope Google release the development version of the bootloader that I can put on my T-Mobile G1 to get the same openness as the Dev one, even if I have to pay the $25 and agree to it voiding my warranty if I brick it.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-12-08 11:22 pm (UTC)
The conspiracy theories are certainly more fun.
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[User Picture]From: ibneko
2008-12-09 04:47 am (UTC)
Am so tempted. Could I query for your list of Android complaints, so I can decide if I want to spend $425 for a toy to hack on?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-12-09 05:28 am (UTC)
It just keeps getting better, and any complaints are fixable with a bit of code. It's worth $425. Great hacking project.
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[User Picture]From: mart
2008-12-09 05:52 am (UTC)

So tempted...

That's the same hardware as the G1, right? The specs page doesn't mention GPS, but other than that it looks the same.

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[User Picture]From: brad
2008-12-09 07:21 am (UTC)
I think forgetting to mention GPS was an oversight. I'm pretty sure I read on some other page them mentioning it's the same hardware.

In any case, I sent off an email letting them know it's not listed in the hardware bullets.
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[User Picture]From: joel
2008-12-09 06:46 am (UTC)


I'm holding out for the bootloader-unlocked, kernel-unlocked fully flashable garage door opener.
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From: manuzhai
2008-12-09 09:51 am (UTC)
Well, it's still not as open as the OpenMoko stuff...

But I ordered mine Sunday, can't wait to play.
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[User Picture]From: hub_
2008-12-10 12:30 am (UTC)
But from a phone stand point it is at least quad band (unlike the OpenMockup). The only reason why I use GSM: world wide compatible.

(I'm being devils advocate. I still have a dumb phone)
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[User Picture]From: ebel
2008-12-09 02:29 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I'm tempted. But I'm in Ireland. :( Might get it shipped to my boyfriend in the UK.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-12-10 12:19 pm (UTC)

UK Shipping = $175!

So that's: $25 + $399 + $175 = $599 (£400+)

Seriously, what's the deal there?
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