The best current deal in the US for the G1 Android Phone during the 2008 Holiday Season can be had by those in the military and special corporate discount programs. Surprisingly there were no special Black Friday deals anywhere on the G1 that I know of and it does not look like any Cyber Monday deals will pop up either so unless you live in the UK were you can get the G1 for FREE then here is my best advice.
T-Mobile will provide the G1 for $139.99 while also removing any activation or upgrade fee plus 10% off your monthly bill if you are a member of one such corporate discount program – The Freelancers Union. A commenter, Ruben, pointed out to me within my post on getting the G1 for the cheapest price that you can easily sign up for FREE to the Freelancers Union by:
- Signing-up at http://www.freelancersunion.org/
- Once signed up go to their T-Mobile Premiere page here
The caveat to this is in order to get the $140 G1 online you MUST be a new customer to T-Mobile, not a current subscriber looking to upgrade their phone, like I was – although you can still get 10% off your monthly bill even as an active T-Mobile customer by:
- Filling out this form
- Then send the completed form to this email or email@example.com
Today I received the G1 for $139.99 without any additional fees via a price match at a local San Diego T-Mobile store by simply providing a copy of the printout showing the Freelancers Union corporate discount rate on a new activation even though I was upgrading as a current T-Mobile customer.
This did NOT work over the phone, online, or at busy T-Mobile stores but from my personal experience it worked quite easily at those T-Mobile stores that are somewhat secluded and not within shopping malls. Please let me know if anyone else had success doing this and any assistance I can provide to make sure you get the best deal on the G1which incidentally is almost $5 less than the $144 it reportably costs HTC to make the phone. *** As a note – I had stopped posting on this site recently until I actually got a G1 since I felt hypocritical having a site on Android but not having a phone using it – so as of Saturday November 29th I am a proud G1 owner ***