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9/29/2008
04:16 PM
Eric Ogren
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HTC G1 Android Phone Temporarily 'Sold Out' Online

How something can sell out when it's not even shipping yet is a concept I can't quite wrap my head around. Be that as it may, T-Mobile subscribers attempting to preorder the GPhone over the weekend were told that it was no longer available.

How something can sell out when it's not even shipping yet is a concept I can't quite wrap my head around. Be that as it may, T-Mobile subscribers attempting to preorder the GPhone over the weekend were told that it was no longer available.After the G1 launched last week, T-Mobile began making it available to existing customers via the Internet. They were allowed to preorder the device, which won't be available until Oct. 22.

The site reads, in part, "Order the new T-Mobile G1 for prices starting at $179.99, plus taxes and fees (pricing subject to upgrade eligibility criteria: two-year agreement required). This offer is exclusive to T-Mobile customers only so be one of the first to get the T-Mobile G1 delivered right to your door as early as Oct. 22, 2008. Supplies are limited, so order yours now without hassle. Without fuss. Without any long lines. After all, as a T-Mobile customer, you deserve to get what you want -- when you want it."

It turns out, plenty of people were impressed with the G1. Enough so that they decided to plunk down the $180 to buy one and have it shipped to them as soon as it is available.

Over the weekend, a large number of people attempting to buy the phone were told it was no longer available and couldn't be preordered anymore. Hysteria ensued.

OK, not really, but a few people were upset and complained about it loudly enough on the Internet for the media to pick it up. The T-Mobile Web site appears to be taking orders for the G1 once again.

How many people have actually taken the Android bait, no one is saying.

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