In an attempt to cater to developers, who wish to try out their creative skills on T-Mobile’s G1 handset, Google has unveiled a SIM- and hardware- unlocked version of the handset for $399.
In order to grab the new unlocked G1 handset, tagged as “Android Dev Phone 1”, users are required to register as an Android developer on Android Market Site, which charges a one-time setup registration cost of $25.
Addressing the demand requirements of the handset, Google will be offering one handset per developer account.
The handset will be available in 18 countries, including - Australia, Canada, Japan, India, the US, UK, Taiwan, Spain, Singapore, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden.
In addition, the search giant notified that the phone will be shipped free of charge in the US, and it will be available in more international markets over time.
Google clearly asserted that the handset is not meant for general users, by saying, “Since the devices can be configured with system software not provided by or supported by Google or any other company, end users operate these devices at their own risk”.
This innovative move from Google will surely equip its Android platform effectively, and provide the Android-powered G1 handset a firm standing against the more popular iPhone.