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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  1. 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.

  2. 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?


  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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!!

  9. Jay,

    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])


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  12. Greetings,

    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]


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