Google Offering Truly Unlocked G1’s to Developers

Attention aspiring Android developers based in countries like the United States, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Canada, France, Taiwan, and around ten others.  You can now get a completely unlocked G1 handset from Google.  This means that neither the SIM card nor the hardware is locked down with any restrictions.

For those of you AT&T folk wanting to get your hands on a G1, this is your ticket.  All you have to do is pretend that you want to develop an app for Android.  There’s just a $25 registration fee on top of that $399 no-contract price T-Mobile offers their customers.  Not bad huh?

The Android Dev Phone 1 is a SIM-unlocked and hardware-unlocked device that is designed for advanced developers. The device ships with a system image that is fully compatible with Android 1.0, so you can rely on it when developing your applications. You can use any SIM in the device and can flash custom Android builds that will work with the unlocked bootloader. Unlike the bootloader on retail devices, the bootloader on the Android Dev Phone 1 does not enforce signed system images. The Android Dev Phone 1 should also appeal to developers who live outside of T-Mobile geographies. – Devices for Developers

Just be careful with your new unlocked G1.  Because you’ll be able to do essentially anything you want to it, the potential certainly exists for bricking it.

Personally, we’re jealous of that sweet looking case.  We want to ditch the T-Mobile logo on the front and pick up the Android guy and a cool drawing on the battery cover too!

Thanks to Nick from HTC Source for the heads up this morning.

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  • Andy

    Crap!! I just ordered the Kogan phone. I wish I would have known about this sooner.

  • Nan

    Just checked the shipping fee on the Android Market, it costs 183.81 USD for shipping to France, so 399 + 183.81 is more expensive than the Kogan Pro.

  • Does anyone know of the cost of this to ship one to the UK?

    I want to start developing for android using a real life device to test on but obviously is a bite pricey, the kogan is about £150.

    If anyone does find out please share

    Also on a side note, the $25 sign up fee for android market is that a one off payment that lasts for lifetime?


  • Does it mean I can just grab a SIM card from my basic Samsung at&t phone, put it into Android Dev Phone 1 and immediately start using it?
    I’m going to be an Android developer but currently on a very beginning level of reading Android books.

  • Vladmimir are there any good books out?

    My uni bought a couple of android books for a project I was doing and they aren’t particularly good.


  • sim

    what about the 3g frequencies??? Will you be able to use att bands or bands in europe. Unless the hardware is changed a little bit- i dont think the 3g will be able to work anywhere except on tmobile usa? (because tmob uses the weird 3g bands 1700/2100)

  • Casey Borders

    What about those of us that bought the G1 and went through all the crap to get it unlocked? Will we be able to put this unlocked version of Android on our G1?

  • Nan

    Hi, Matthew Gaunt. I just check the shipping fee to UK for you, it’s 171.53 USD.

  • Nan

    Shipping costs (international):

    Canada $ 264.49
    UK $ 171.53
    Hungary $ 199.99
    Austria $ 189.99
    Germany $ 178.90
    France $ 183.81
    Spain $ 170.14
    Poland $ 210.09
    Switzerland $ 130.43
    Netherlands $ 172.99
    Sweden $ 214.81
    Finland $ 199.92
    India $ 224.60
    Japan $ 109.55
    Taiwan $ 156.66
    Australia $ 140.23
    Singapore $ 119.36

  • Hi there,

    so where can i buy this dev. G1?
    I dont find any link to register, or am i blind 🙂

    thnx for help…

    Greez AemJaY
    from Switzerland…

  • So is the total cost for the dev G1 $25 sign up + $399 for the phone + $171.53 Shipping cost (UK) = $595.53 (£401.20)

    Thats alot of money 🙁

    I’m only a student and wanted the development phone to use for making some open source app’s.

    Thanks for looking Nan

  • paul Campbell

    Damn – I paid NZ$1400 (about US$750) for a sim-unlocked G1 here in NZ about a month ago

  • Nan

    Matthew Gaunt, you could check the Kogan, its cheaper than Android Dev Phone.

  • Matthew Gaunt, sorry for not answering at time. I have two books, Unlocking Android from Manning and Hello, Android from Pragmatic. Hello, Android seems to be written in a good easy to understand manner.

  • Did anyone successfully set up Android Dev Phone to work with AT&T? I received my phone today and need some guidance. Could you connect to me at vkelman at gmail dot com or, better, leave a comment on my blog (My name above being a link?

  • Jay

    This option works really well. Signing up as a developer just took a few minutes and immediately gives you access to ordering the phone.

    Shipping it from the States to the Netherlands with UPS only cost me U$42.59 (and not $172.99). It was the only shipping option to Europe and it shipped within a few hours. You have the normal online tracking facility – they promise delivery within 3 working days.

    Click on the “Devices for Developers” link in the article AemJaY.

    I just wonder what will happen if I should have a problem with the phone…

    Thx for the tip Android Guys!!

  • NL Guy


    did you received your phone and what was the total price (shipping + phone) ?? Does it work with dutch networks?


    dutch guy



    I just recently bought the developer’s edition of the google g1 for $399.00 USD ( which is completely unlocked and customizable. However, shipping to Canada is approximately $264.49 USD, but it is free to an American address. I am offering you a chance to pay 100.00 CAD shipping. You may ship it to my address in New York (I am a Canadian on an American student visa) and I will bring it back to Toronto or the GTA on the weekend (I come back home every weekend).

    Contact me if you are interested and I will give you my address to ship to. ([email protected])


  • Lai

    What is difference between this developer version and T-mobile version? If I unlock T-Mobile G1 at so phone is sim-free then only difference is housing?

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  • Tappan Jeff


    Bought an Android G1 Dev phone, been working great but I am not a programmer and want to flash it to update, but am stuck. Will pay anyone 50$ to walk me through the process via skype for successful flash.


    [email protected]