Is T-mobile pulling a fast one with the MyTouch 3g Slide?


As an early adopter and someone who pre-ordered the G1 on the first day of availability, I have been incredibly disappointed with T-mobile’s direction and lack of ambition with Android phones. Initially, it seemed as though T-mo would charge the way with releasing devices that run Googles little green alien. However, with disappointments like the CLIQ, MyTouch 3G(even the name is a joke), its Fender cousin, and now the Slide, it seems like T-mobile has given up the space of being the premier Android carrier. They do, however, still hold this title out of all the US GSM carriers.

Almost two years later, I am sitting here with my aging but wonderfully entertaining (thank you Cyanogenmod) G1 and no flagship Android device available on T-Mobile excluding the Nexus one.

My Hypothesis: T-mobile is announcing the ‘Slide and Touch my 3G’ to try and lure non-techies into a cheap and non-flagship device. Once the non-geeks jump onto the flashy, and  cheaper Slide, they will release a truly flagship device for the geeks that bought the G1 in the first place. The release will be timed to the actual contract end-date of the G1, which is around October 2010.

Here is my theory: T-mobile data subscribers are eligible for upgrades after 18 months of the previous term. So that most of the non-techie G1 owners will naturally go and get the slide.  Now the funny thing is that the Slide is actually a low end android device. The phone is built around the ARM 7227 processor clocked at 600 MHZ. When this processor was announced by Qualcomm it was billed as a low-end processor for sub-$150 phones. The genius button and the two-tiered skinning (tmo skin on top of the Sense UI on top of Android) does not appeal to the technically savvy crowd. Neither does the sidekick type styling and the general marketing that will be used to promote this device.

The Mytouch 3G slide costs $179.99 on contract, and one cannot expect to pay much more for a truly top-of-the-line device. The more people T-mobile can get to buy this phone, the higher their margin per subscriber will be due to the lower cost of the unit itself. Later on but before the end of the 24 months contract length, I believe they will introduce a flagship device probably priced at $199.99. This will allow them to bolster their bottom line and at the same time keep all the geeks and nerds around.

In conclusion: If you are an Android loving, T-mobile using, new phone needing Techie, wait for a surprise from T-mobile. All stars point to a new Android flagship device. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.

UPDATE: Could this be it? a 5-Inch SonyEricsson device with a keyboard running Android 2.1.  Probably not since it’s more of a PMP, but something to consider.

Comments 6

  1. Jimmski wrote:

    Just visit a retail outlet and obeserve the token hirelings’ non-sensical politically correct behavior.

    Posted 05 Jun 2010 at 5:38 pm
  2. Adam wrote:

    The “Sidekick Twist” will surely be T-Mobiles new flagship device. Mixing Android into a Sidekick shell style is pure genius and makes sense. The grand daddy of Android WAS the grand daddy of Danger which made the Sidekick OS. In fact, Android when it was in development was being called “Sidekick 2.0″ around the company.

    4.3 Inch Super AMOLED Display
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    Posted 11 Jun 2010 at 5:46 pm
  3. Jason wrote:

    This is a great post. I was just researching the 3g slide for the past 2 hours. I have been considering buying one on ebay. I’m a techie. But I also have an old BBerry Curve. I havent jumped ship to the android cause i’ve been waiting for “the one”. I thought this was it… Your blog post here makes me think twice. Maybe i’ll see if I can find a used G1 go get me by for 6 months or so… I am just sick of not being able to use 3g and the web from my bberry phone


    Posted 20 Jun 2010 at 3:12 am
  4. mike wrote:

    I was kind of in your boat: semi-convinced that the MyTouch 3G Slide was “the one”, despite the stupid name. :)

    But I wasn’t really sold until I found out about their Father’s Day sale this past Saturday. Did you guys hear about that. My wife and I both got totally free Slides for signing up for a 2 line family plan. And for some reason, the sale did not require a contract. I know that makes no sense, but we got 2 lines unlimited data/text for $109/month with no contract at all, with the phones for free.

    And our opinion: we would have been really happy with them even if they hadn’t been free. The processor works so much faster than everyone has been saying. Not sure how it’s possible, given the specs, but the lag time on just about any process is really low.

    I recommend!

    Posted 24 Jun 2010 at 8:38 pm
  5. Genrih wrote:

    Dont really know if I’m a techie, – I did work as a network engineer for a while, however. I’ve had a Slide for a couple of month now, and have to say, it’s great. Perhaps not a flagship device, yet it’s fast, the keyboard is fair, and does everything I’ve asked it to do. And, I have not even rooted the thing, – imagine that…

    Posted 08 Oct 2010 at 3:59 am
  6. new wrote:

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this post plus the rest of the site is very good.

    Posted 12 Apr 2013 at 10:04 am

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