Rumour has it that the first 50,000 Gphones will ship from Taiwanese handset-maker HTC‘s manufacturing facility before the end of the year.
While 50,000 may seem like a modest number,
“These initial phones are not going to be for sale,â€ Benjamin Schachter, one of the [UBS] analysts who worked on the report, said in a phone call earlier today. â€œThese are going to be available for developers only to understand how the software works.”
There’s all kinds of speculation about the Gphone and the business model which will come with it. Some are postulating that it will be free but will display ads.
There’s no news yet on if/when it will come to Europe.
The mobile space is a no-brainer for Google though. Of the 6.billion people on the planet, only 1 billion have easy Internet access. Google’s long-term intention is to use these phones as a cheap way to Internet enable billions more people.