T-Mobile, despite tripling “availability” of the Android-powered G1 smartphone, says all of them have “sold through.” G1 hits stores on October 22. Here’s a note, up at their official site, regarding orders:
Given the great anticipation and the heavy pre-sale demand for the T-Mobile G1 with Google, we nearly tripled the number of phones initially available for delivery on our Oct. 22 launch date, and have sold through them all. However, to accommodate additional T-Mobile customers who want to pre-order a device, they now have the opportunity to place a pre-order through Oct. 21, for delivery at a later date. Also, people can still pre-register on the T-Mobile G1 Web site to be notified prior to launch where they can purchase the device beginning Oct. 22.
The purpose is to encourage us to think they tripled production and then sold it out under pre-ordering, when in fact it’s said neither.
Nintendo used to be precise about why it couldn’t get Wiis to store shelves. But here, we have “phones initially available for delivery” – and what exactly does “sold through,” mean? If it was sold out, they could have said so.
The only thing this note makes clear is that they’ve consigned them all to retailers.