Buying a G1? Ask about the tariffs

If you look at T-Mobile’s website or their marketing material you’d think the G1 was only available as a free phone on a choice of two £40 per month (over 18 months) contracts.
T-Mobile G1 with Google phone registration - the mobile phone to revolutionise the mobile internet - T-Mobile
However, it’s not… and if you ask in-store there’s a range of tariffs available including a number of 12 month ones.  For instance, I got mine on Combi 25 which (with the data add-on) is £30 per month over 12 months and £129.99 for the handset.  That’s the lowest total cost I could find (I wasn’t bothered about calling and text bundles), but there are plenty of others that may suit you better – particularly the 12 month ones!

For reference, the total cost of my option was £490, the heavily advertised 18 month tariff is £720… wonder why they’re pushing that!

We’ll try to publish the full selection of tariffs here tomorrow.

Oh… and decline that insurance they insist you need.  It can be removed despite what the sales people tell you.

By Ben Smith

Ben is an expert on enterprise mobility and wireless data products. He has been a regular contributor to Mobile Industry Review since 2007 and is also editor of Wireless Worker.

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