64 Comments

Summary:

Robert Dotson, chief executive of T-Mobile USA, delivered a keynote speech this week at CTIA in Las Vegas. It was full of revealing facts and figures about Google’s G1 smartphone, which launched last fall. An estimated 1.5 million of these phones were ordered, though it’s still […]

Robert Dotson, chief executive of T-Mobile USA, delivered a keynote speech this week at CTIA in Las Vegas. It was full of revealing facts and figures about Google’s G1 smartphone, which launched last fall. An estimated 1.5 million of these phones were ordered, though it’s still not clear how many phones have been sold by T-Mobile, both here and abroad. Here are the best bits from Dotson’s speech:

1. 80 percent of G1 owners browse the web daily.
2. Four out of five G1 owners download apps at least once a week from the Android. On average, T-Mobile G1 customers have each downloaded more than 40 applications from the Android Market.
3. An average G1 owner consumes 50 times the data of the average voice-centric phone user.
4. Among T-Mobile customers who have purchased the G1, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset.
5. The majority of T-Mobile G1 owners use Facebook and YouTube at least once a week.
6. Half of G1 customers also access Wi-Fi on a daily basis.

The above-mentioned trivia can be explained by two things: the increased availability of newer Android apps and an awesome browser, with capabilities that come close to matching those of the iPhone. As I’ve said before, armed with the right form factor and a near-perfect browser, average consumers would happily make a smartphone their Net device of choice.

The good news for T-Mobile is that they have a network that can handle the traffic coming from the G1 Google phone. According to Dotson, by end of the year the T-Mobile network will cover more than 230 cities, reaching some 207 million Americans.

Related Post: What I Love and Hate About Google’s G-1 Phone.

  1. Sounds about right… As a G1 owner myself, most of those six items apply to me. All of them but number 2. I’m not sure I download apps once a week any more. I’ve found most everything I like. So I search and install more like once a month.

  2. Michael Martin Friday, April 3, 2009

    Interesting that the avg T-Mo G1 user has uploaded over 40 applications – curious to how many of those were paid and uninstalled on average.

    ,Michael Martin
    http://www.googleandblog.com/

  3. Michael Martin Friday, April 3, 2009

    Interesting that the avg T-Mo G1 user has uploaded over 40 applications – curious to how many of those were paid and uninstalled on average.

    ,Michael Martin
    http://www.googleandblog.com/
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  4. Chris Hogue Friday, April 3, 2009

    I think your comment, “…armed with the right form factor…” is important. If the gPhone had come to market with a halfway respectable hardware and multi-touch would anyone even be talking about the Palm Pre? And I still haven’t seen anything on the 09 horizon that would entice me to buy a gPhone over iPhone or Palm Pre. Very disappointing…

  5. DailyWireless » Blog Archive » Friday Links: Skype for iPHone, Watch Phones, Google Phone Friday, April 3, 2009

    [...] Gigaom has some fun facts about the Google Phone. [...]

  6. PlanetCellPhone Blog » Blog Archive » Friday Links: Skype for iPHone, Watch Phones, Google Phone Friday, April 3, 2009

    [...] Gigaom has some fun facts about the Google Phone. [...]

  7. Have to say, this post reads like an ad.

    Or a press release.

    An ad masquerading as a press release, disguised as a blog post.

    Credibility can only go up from here, I suppose.

  8. What about this fact: 100% of all G1 owners have to charge their phone more than once a day. Love my G1 but the battery life is making me consider a switch back to a blackberry.

    1. i have a G1 and i don’t have to do that. I have pretty good battery life. charge once a day or once every day and a half. i do browse the internet, but no youtube on a normal day.

    2. I totally agree i have to charge my g1 at least once a day sometimes a lot more i feel like the battery dies every hours but i still absolutly love my g1!!!

    3. I agree. I love my G1 but it seems the battery dies after only a few hours of use.

  9. “1. 80 percent of G1 owners browse the web daily.
    2. Four out of five G1 owners download apps at least once a week from the Android. On average, T-Mobile G1 customers have each downloaded more than 40 applications from the Android Market.”

    A bit funny to see 2 different metrics that mean the same thing side by side (80 percent = 4/5). ;)

    Anyway, thanks for the info.

    1. How is it a bit funny. Yest the number is the same, but it is still two seperate facts. Browsing the web is not the same as finding apps. But hey good job showing off your math knowledge

  10. What about the statics of the people who bought it and returned it within the week because the battery only lasts 4rs and you have to charge it 2x’s a day??…like myself and at least 5 more people I know…lol funny how they hide the important things with useless facts!! I dont care how many apps people download…make the G2 last longer and I will consider buying it again

    1. Not for nothing, but seriously, get a life. If battery life is more important to you than the ability of the phone, see you later. I agree that the battery life is short. That’s a problem with the battery. They need a longer life battery. They need to figure out how to more efficiently use energy. Not a reason to hate on the phone itself though.

      1. Gee, ever think that maybe it matters how long an electric device lasts during regular use?

Comments have been disabled for this post