The G1 Android phone, still the only one on the market to use Google’s Android software, was a big boost for T-Mobile UK in 2008. It now accounts for 20% of all the company’s contract sales, according to the 2008 financial figures issued by T-Mobile. The company began exclusively offering the G1 in October.
In a statement, Jim Hyde, T-Mobile UK’s chief executive, said:
"The successful launch of the Android-based G1 in October and the ongoing demand for mobile broadband services had a positive impact on the latter half of 2008."
T-Mobile reported a 3% overall year-on-year drop in its customer base, down to 16.8 million, according to ZDNet, while there was also a 5.2% fall in pre-pay customers, down to 12.7 million. On the upside, and largely due to the Android, contract customer were up by 4.5% to 4 million. The company’s mobile broadband device sales reported the biggest jump, with a year-on-year increase of 250%.
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