Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Amazon Drops T-Mobile G2 Smartphone Price To $99

Information Week

The HTC-manufactured device comes with a two-year agreement and free shipping for new customers.

Online retail giant Amazon is offering the recently released T-Mobile HTC G2 Android-based smartphone for $99.

The hitch is you have to agree to a new, two-year contract to take advantage of the deal. In exchange, users won't have to deal with mail-in rebates like they would if they were buying the phone directly from T-Mobile, and can take advantage of Amazon's free two-day shipping offer. The offer is ideal for new customers, since those who want to upgrade have to pay $199.

Both T-Mobile and Best Buy are charging $199.99 with a two-year contract for the G2, or customers can opt for no contract and pay $499.99. Radio Shack recently cut the price of the device to $149.99 with an instant rebate and two-year agreement.

On Tuesday, the carrier reportedly released an over-the-air update for the device with Wi-Fi calling added, along with Internet tethering and some performance upgrades. The upgrade also may include a new radio and the ability to update Google Goggles, according to reports.

The T-Mobile G2 has reportedly had some recent issues surrounding hacking into and rooting the phone in order to make modifications. Reports have said the phone has an "internal cop" that detects when it is rooted, and once that happens, the modifications are undone and phone is restored to its original condition because the system has been corrupted.

The G2 has a 3.7-inch display and runs on Android 2.2 OS over T-Mobile's 4G HSPA+ data network. It has a full QWERTY keyboard and an 800MHz Snapdragon processor, support for 32GB microSD cards, a 3.5mm headset jack, Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. It also features a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus. The device's dimensions are 4.7 x 2.4 x 0.06 inches and it weighs 6.5 oz. It provides talk time of up to 6.5 hours.

The G2 price cut isn't one of Amazon's better cell phone deals; over the summer, the retailer offered the Samsung Vibrant for a penny.