The T-Mobile G1, the first phone running on Google's Android platform, has a Bill of Materials (BOM) cost of $149.83, according to the research group iSuppli.
The company did a virtual inventory of the G1 components and found that the device's baseband costs $24.49 to make, or 19.8 percent of the total cost of the phone. The bill of materials does not include other expenses, including software, research and development, manufacturing costs and accessories. T-Mobile USA is selling the G1, which is manufactured by HTC, for $179.99 with a two-year service contract. The next most costly piece of the G1 is its display, at $19.67, or 13. 7 percent of the BOM, and then the 3 megapixel camera at $12.13, or 8.4 percent of total cost.
As a basis for comparison, when the iPhone was first released in 2007, iSuppli pegged the 8GB model with a cost of $264.85. That model was then being sold for $599.
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