T-Mobile slices Garminfone price again, this time for existing customers only

T-Mobile slices Garminfone price again, this time for existing customers only
It seems that no matter which carrier Garmin lines up to sell its smartphones, the company cannot drum up any business. Last year, the nuvifone G60 was such a flop that AT&T 86'd it. Of course, using a Linux based OS might have been part of the problem. So Garmin went back to the drawing board and produced the Garminfone, using Android 1.6 (see a problem already?). The results are about the same. As we reported, about 3 weeks ago T-Mobile cut the price of the phone to $129.99 after a rebate and a signed 2 year contract from the launch day price of $199.99 under the same conditions. Now, T-Mobile has sent out an e-mail to existing customers, telling them that they can buy the Garminfone for $99 after a $50 rebate and a signed 2 year contract.

With tongue in cheek, we could say that Garmin's corporate partner Asus knew that the handsets wouldn't sell after all. When speculation surfaced early this month saying that the Garminfone was not selling, the company said that the phone was ringing up the cash register "as previously planned" which, at the time we reported on the story to you, was estimated at a mind boggling low 20,000 units sold.

Perhaps T-Mobile customers will see the new price as the proper level for the device. In an economy that is based on supply and demand, products tend to rise or fall to the price level that they deserve to be at. Or, it just could be that Garmin's smartphones are finding it too difficult to compete against the iPhone and Android toting models. Since most mid to high-end phones today have capable GPS functionality, for the Garminfone to outsell the competition, it would have to offer the same browsing, YouTube, multimedia and phone experiences as the other handsets. Take this into consideration and it's no mystery why the Garminfone is following the course set by the nuvifone G60.

Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 Specifications | Review
Garmin-Asus Garminfone Specifications | Review

source: T-Mobile via  DroidDog






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5 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I thought verizon only played favorites.......

2. gansta-aaron

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 24, 2010

Wow it's nice to see that t-mobile is starting to give existing customers some better deals on phones. But how-about they start giving better deals with phones that people want. I would rather have a low end samsung phone then this Garminfone

4. DonkeyPunched

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 10, 2010

Have you even seen the phone? I played with one in the store and it's interface is actually quite interesting, better I would say than the crappy skin Samsung put over their android phones.

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. id take touchwiz over this thing anyways. obviously u never played with it long. u cant do widgets or any real customizations on the phone. The phone is good hardware and a nice wide screen but its killed by the crappy overlays. If CM got ahold of it and put base android on there, it would be a much better phone.

3. smartassphone

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 31, 2010

So the phone had a "Linux based" OS and now has Android? Android is (besides being WILDLY over-rated) Linux based. This is one of the reasons for it's success, so althgough the previous Garmin OS did not have the name, it was from the same heritage. That's not why the phone failed. It failed because of perceptions. It failed because it was built poorly. It failed because no one understood it (both conceptually and operationally) Right now you could put the Android name on a TV Remote and crowds would form to buy it. Android is quite good and getting better at an amazing rate. But it does not relegate other mature, well developed mobile phone operations systems to the garbage bin quite yet.

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