Dec 29th, 2008

If you own a G1, chances are that the sub-par battery of your Android Phone are among your top complaints. Many would say “sub-par” is being generous. Hold your criticizing horses there just a second because T-Mobile might be planning to bail you out.

There has been no formal announcement from T-Mobile on the topic but it has been “reported” that within 1-month T-Mobile G1 owners will receive a letter, email or other correspondence offering a free extended battery that could potentially be a 2400 mAh battery with new back cover offering more than DOUBLE the current battery life. Wowzers. Combine that with periodic software improvements that should improve battery life and you’re looking at a significant upgrade.

If the rumor is true, G1 owners shouldn’t expect T-Mobile to just ship a new battery to their doorstep. its more likely they’ll need to follow up with a phone call requesting the extended battery. Our biggest question is regarding the “if the rumor is true” part, which also happens to be the biggest question.

The source of the rumor comes from Michael Martin at GoogleAndBlog but this very source article merely indicates the extended life battery as being reported elsewhere. Where elsewhere? We have no clue – no other source is mentioned outside of an unnamed T-Mobile Representative who was reported as saying:

“After everything they did, and the amount of time put into this (extended battery) project, I doubt they would scrap it now.

There doesn’t appear to be too much evidence supporting this development but we wouldn’t be blown away if it ended up being true. What we want to know is where did this rumor originate and who is the T-Mobile rep that stated the above?

There are a lot of former G1 owners who returned their device because of poor battery life and probably even more who didn’t get the first Android handset because of the battery shortcomings. Do you fall into either of those categories? How would a free extended battery that more than doubled your battery life change things, if at all?

As always, stay tuned for developments in this rumor and others! Oh, and Michael Martin… hit us up in the comments with details if you have any more!

[Via GoogleAndBlog]

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