I Went To Dallas & DC And All I Got Was This Stupid Post


Have you heard of ShopSavvy? Yeah, so has pretty much everyone else in the Android universe. So when the developers of ShopSavvy (Big In Japan) walked into a Dallas, Texas T-Mobile store you would think they would be treated like royalty. Afterall, ShopSavvy is prominently place in promotional literature and signage all around T-Mobile stores specifically to help promote Android and the Market:

But alas, they were not treated like royalty… they weren’t even treated like REGULARS. They were treated as T-Mobile outsiders who aren’t allowed to pay any price for the T-Mobile G1… No. Matter. What.

The clerk indicated that we couldn’t buy a G1 unless we were ‘current’ T-Mobile clients.  WTF?  Why have a national launch on the 22nd, but refuse to sell the phone to customers like me?  I complained and gave my card to the manager.  Ironically, we are hosting AndroidDevCamp and we won’t have any phones.

The saga continues and is still continuing, with a national rep saying one thing but a regional manager saying another and poor “Tameka” from the mall retail location kind of stuck in the middle. We’re sure this will all get figured out and I’m guessing T-Mobile and/or Google reps will overnight them the necessary hardware if the locals give them any more trouble.

I mean sheesh, you try to take a lovely vacation to the T-Mobile store and spend some of your tourist green on a shiny new phone and what do you get? A stupid blog post.

Washingtonians (the city not the state) are feeling the pain as well. The Washington Post featured an article complaining that while the G1 was available nation wide, and you could play with a G1 in a Washington DC area store, you still couldn’t buy one. Talk about a TEASE!

T-Mobile does not yet have 3G connectivity in the DC area but it WILL be included by the year’s end when 120 American cities are covered. Just not now. In an interesting turn of events, the reason that DC does not yet have T-Mobile’s 3G network up and running is because the government (Defense Department & Others) was seemingly squatting on it:

The federal agencies occupied the valuable spectrum T-Mobile bought for more than $4 billion two years ago to build out its 3G network. Since T-Mobile bought the spectrum, the Bellevue, Wash.-based company has had to force local governments and the federal government off the spectrum, market by market.

“This is first time we had to move federal government systems from spectrum,” said Kathleen Ham, vice president of Federal regulatory affairs for T-Mobile. “They were not slow to move, but were surprised how fast we wanted to move.”

Folks in DC have a solution though… travel an hour north to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and stop by the store in “The Galleria” – the downtown mall where I bought my phone (assuming they are still in stock). Sign all the dotteds and drive your G1 back to the nation’s capital!

To be honest, I wouldn’t even recommend this: I’ve spent a decent amount of hours in the non-3G Washington area since buying my G1 and compared to Baltimore’s 3G speeds its almost not worth the hassle. Just wait. Applications cease to amuse you when you’re banging your phone against the wall, hoping the download won’t timeout. Of course you still have WiFi!

Fear not, fellow Americans… T-Mobile’s 3G network is on the move and if its not already generously covering your area, it likely soon will. And trust me, you’ll be much more happy you have the G1 when the slow speeds don’t restrict it from doing what it’s supposed to do.

[Thanks Svetlana]

Rob Jackson
I'm an Android and Tech lover, but first and foremost I consider myself a creative thinker and entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for ideas of all sizes. I'm a sports lover who cheers for the Orange (College), Ravens (NFL), (Orioles), and Yankees (long story). I live in Baltimore and wear it on my sleeve, with an Under Armour logo. I also love traveling... where do you want to go?

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  1. I live in northern Minnesota, and chose not to preorder because I wanted a white G1, which didn’t happen, so I drove 4 hours to Minneapolis(closest 3g city) to buy one, your right, the 3g is blazing fast, but i disagree about edge/gprs, all the apps I’ve used (including things like tune wiki and youtube) worked fine on my 4 hour drive back home. Compared to my Tilt, which had some of the same capabilities, the G1 actually was faster.

  2. Thanks for the alternate opinion, robisaks… I guess folks should test out connectivity in their own area instead of taking advice from folks all around the nation.

    Thanks for commenting, I’m sure a lot of Minnesotans (is that right?) will be relieved!

  3. Does the store in the Galleria mall have a real G1 that I can try instead of the dummies? If so I’m heading there asap.

  4. Im in southern California (Right in the middle of San Diego and Los Angeles, but outside of both markets).
    I really dont see that much of a difference between EDGE and 3G. That is because
    the phone downgrades the quality of maps, images, and videos so they load very quick
    on the 2G networks. But 3G and WIFI load the full quality versions.

  5. I’m in an area where we don’t have 3g only Edge but even with just the edge the speeds were much faster than any other data device I have used. And even though you can only buy the phone in 3g areas currently, anyone can buy the phone online or over the phone wether its for a new customer or for a current customer.

  6. “Hi, I developed the Commodore 64 and I’d like to get a G1 cause I’m having a devcamp.” How dumb are these guys? T-Mobile is obviously not going to sell a phone outside of it’s rules because some people with business cards say they are software developers. Did they really think a sales person who just saw the phone 2 days prior to it being on the shelf or her manager who saw it 3 days before was going to know who they were? Cmon seriously.

  7. I agree with the above. The developers were in the wrong for thinking they could waltz into a T-Mo store on launch day, flash a business card and be handed a G1. Pretty poor planning on their part.

    Also, the mall at the Inner Harbor is called “The Gallery” not “The Galleria.”


    Proud Baltimore resident and happy G-1 owner.

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