A double dose of good news for our pockets...
Here at TR we’ve been rather more down on the T-Mobile G1 than many as we (correctly) try to draw the line between Google’s promising Android OS and a handset maker HTC could produce in its sleep 18 months ago. Still, this will no doubt convert a few of the fence sitters…
In a surprisingly early move T-Mobile has announced it has cut the TCO of the G1 significantly a mere month on from release by making it free on its 18 month £30pm Flext tariff rather than the previous £40pm requirement over the same time period. In a jolly good show of decency T-Mobile will also recompense early G1 adopters who may be feeling somewhat cheesed off by the development.
For the record, ‘Flext 30 with Web n Walk Plus’ (to use its full name) will get you a dollop of monthly credit worth up to 700 mins / 1400 texts or any combination in-between and comes with unlimited mobile data. A healthy stock of both black and white G1s is available too – though despite the rarity of the latter we’d suggest the former since it is better finished and features a non-slip rubberised grip.
”’In related news”’ T-Mobile is also breaking ground by launching free ad-funded mobile games today, the first of which will be ‘Poker Million II’ and feature advertisers including flick Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. Games scheduled to appear in the coming weeks include IQ Booster, Pro-Bowling, Pool Star and Einstein’s Brain Game.
In terms of interruption, users will need to watch two full screen targeted ads before starting the game and two adverts after it has finished – so I’m guessing it will be akin to seeing the new Bond films minus the ticket price (aside: QoS is perfectly fine, though I can forgive almost anything incorporating Olga Kurylenko).
Of course whether IQ Booster and Brain Game will be even more necessary either side of the clips is something we can neither confirm nor deny. Look out for them touching down any minute.