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T-Mobile's G1 Android Books 1.5 million Pre-orders, Leaves iPhone in the dust

T-Mobile Executives must be happy as it looks likely that the gamble it took with the HTC G1 Android smartphone bears its fruits; 1.5 million US-based customers have apparently pre-ordered the G1 Android phone which is due to be released on the 22nd of October.

According to (opens in new tab), the figures do not include retail sales and is an incredible leap of faith for hundreds of thousands who believe in what Google (mostly) promised them.

No one has corroborated the's report but it is interested that ranking website (opens in new tab) Alexa's reporting that traffic to the G1 Site ( has been fairly constant in the last few days.

Interestingly, Apple took 75 days to sell their first million iPhones (but only three days for the iPhone 3G) and the German operator has apparently grossly underestimated the popularity of the phone, having ordered only 500,000 G1 Android phones.

Let's cross fingers that they won't commit the same mistakes as Apple did with the first iPhone launch; if things turn out right, T-Mobile, Google and HTC could have a best-seller on their hands while Apple, RIM and Nokia could have a massive headache for the forthcoming Christmas period.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.