Will Wal-Mart Bring Mobile Internet to the Masses?

Links Up With T-Mobile to Hawk Android Phones

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Google wants to bring mobile internet to the masses. That's the philosophy behind its launching Android, its mobile-operating system. Creating a mobile OS that's simple, efficient and a great user experience full of useful applications will mean more people hooked to the web more of the time -- and more opportunities for Google to serve ads to the always-connected. Now, it may have an unlikely partner in its quest: Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart is teaming up with T-Mobile to sell the G1, the first phone equipped with Google's Android mobile operating system, for $148.88 -- $31.11 off the price I paid to get mine shipped to me the day it launched.

Am I mad about my lost $30? Unlike the many grumbling commenters around the internet, not really. In fact, I'd pay $30 to have a phone shipped directly to me, instead of having to go to a bricks-and-mortar store and stand in line to have some sullen 17-year-old switches my SIM card to a new phone. Plus, I didn't have to wait until Nov. 24, when it goes on sale at 550 Wal-Mart stores.

But I do think the price difference may tip the holiday scale in favor of the G1 over the iPhone. Because now that $20 difference between the G1 and the iPhone (at $199) becomes a $50 difference. As Tmo News points out, that's a tank of gas.
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