T-Mobile USA officially launches the G1

And then there were none.

The wait is over: T-Mobile USA officially launched the G1 Wednesday, the HTC-built phone powered by Google's Android platform. The phone went on sale at select T-Mobile retail locations across the country, though a store in San Fransisco beat others to the punch and started selling the phone at 6 p.m. Pacific Time Tuesday. Wired reported that around 150 people lined up to purchase the phone, which is being sold for $179.99 with a two-year service contract.

T-Mobile is launching the phone in cities where its 3G UMTS Service is fully available, including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York and Seattle, and the debut comes almost one month after T-Mobile, Google and HTC unveiled the phone in New York.  

In addition to having 3G service, WiFi, GPS, a touchscreen and a full QWERTY keyboard, the G1 has access to Google's Android Makret, similar to Apple's App Store for the iPhone 3G. Heralded as a potential iPhone-Killer, the market will now decide how quickly the G1 gets picked up.  

For more:
-see this official release
-see this CNET article
-see the Wired article
-see these photos of the G1
-see FierceWireless' G1 unboxing

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