Early in the week, Amazon (s AMZN) started offering the device at $97 for new customers committing to T-Mobile for two years. Now, I’m reading reports that Costco (s COST) warehouse club members can walk away with a G1 for $79 with a new qualifying plan. Some folks are speculating that this is all in preparation for the G2 device outed at Mobile World Congress, but I don’t think that has much, if anything, to do with it.
The G2 isn’t expected to add any major changes over the G1. In fact, it loses the QWERTY keyboard found on the G1, so I’d say it simply provides a different form factor for those that want it. Regardless of the reasons, now is a good time to grab a G1 if you’ve been holding out.