Feb 11 AT 4:51 AM Taylor Wimberly 21 Comments

Select G1 users get special treat from T-Mobile

Some G1 owners might have felt ignored by T-Mobile as they wait to hear the fate of a possible Android 2.1 update.

TmoNews is reporting that T-Mobile has just launched a new software trail program for G1 customers called “Voice Plus Beta”. T-Mobile chose G1 users to test the new service because they “tend to be at the forefront of new developments in technology and have been loyal T-Mobile customers with an affinity for testing new mobile products and applications.”

T-Mobile Voice Plus Beta offers the following features:

  • Call Divert: Carve out a little peace and quiet by sending selected numbers straight to voicemail without ringing your phone.
  • Call Defer: Let callers know you’re busy and schedule a convenient time for you to call them back.  Send them a text message that acknowledges their call and that you will respond at a later time.
  • Visual Voicemail: Easily manage your voicemail! View a list of who left a voicemail, with the time of the message and its length.  Choose which to listen to now and which to review later.
  • City ID: Get more information about the calls you receive.  The city and state information of incoming calls is displayed.

Any G1 users can sign up to participate, but the beta program is based on a first come, first serve basis. Head over to the official T-Mobile forums for additional details.

Requirements to participate in the T-Mobile Voice Plus Beta:

The download will be made available to the select number of T-Mobile G1 customers who reply with an email to voiceplusbeta@t-mobile.com.  Be among the first to respond to secure your chance to participate in this beta.

Your e-mail MUST include:

  • Email subject line: Voice Plus Beta
  • IMEI Number – Your IMEI can be found in your phone’s Status menu (Menu > Settings > About phone > Status), from the dialer: *#06#, or on the sticker under your battery.
  • Your T-Mobile telephone number, with area code

I gave my G1 away which prevents me from signing up, so let me know how the service performs if you get accepted to test it out.

Via: TmoNews

Source: T-Mobile forums

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  • http://Website jr

    what about rooted g1s? can we still get this?

  • http://www.everythinglegit.com Ramon

    Well I sent my email but I think you guys are late. Also don’t think anyone gonna get through since they say “Thank you to everyone who already sent in their e-mail! The response has already been incredible!” …check it out http://forums.t-mobile.com/t5/Voice-Plus-Beta/When-will-the-Beta-start/td-p/313401

  • http://Website jr

    oh well.. i don’t really need this just wanted to see how it was, but its ok. let us know how it is if you do get it.

  • http://www.everythinglegit.com Ramon

    yea will do.

  • http://Website Demetrius Buckner

    Just because we can test some new software that don’t mean we can get new ota(over the air) updates! T-Mobile should let G1 owners get a new phone or something like that so we can get ota updates to. That’s just not fair!

  • http://Website Demetrius Buckner

    Do you really think its fair that new generation phones get to have live wallpaper,multitouch and all the goodness of the eclair while the G1 is stuck with a calling BETA software?………NO!

    • http://Website MW

      Thats the cost of being an early adaptor. And yes I’m still stuck with my G1 until the end of my contract or I pony up $500+ for a new phone.

  • http://BabbleDroid.BlogSpot.com Ian Wheat

    Unfortunately all of us (or most of us, anyway) signed two year contracts when we got our first-gen Android handsets. We knew, or should have known, what we were getting into on day one.

    True, the G1 could use some loving in the form of updates. But then again, if you bought a G1 right at release you should be coming up on upgrade time soon anyway.

  • http://Website Brombomb

    1) Google Voice
    2) Google Voice
    3) Been out forever in the market for all TMo users + Google Voice (does it better)
    4) No need for this.

    Overall It’s not much of a deal to me.

    • http://plankhead.com Zacqary Adam Green

      Yeah, that’s just what I was thinking when I read that G1 owners “tend to be at the forefront of new developments in technology”.

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  • http://Website J.

    Really?! We get to test BETA software that exactly mimics native functions of the OS or of one of the most heavily promoted and downloaded apps on the platform (locale)?


    TELL YOU WHAT, t-mob. How’s about you keep your software Beta and lean on HTC for device drivers to bring the G1 up to android 2.x.

    Funny story, I wqs in a t-mob store last night and casually asked when I could expect 2.x, and was told flatly “Never. The G1 will not go any higher than 1.6, neither will the MyTouch, unless it’s the Fender or has the 3.5 jack, because they have faster processors.” (I’d like to note that *everything* he said is wrong) I quietly mentioned that I was unaware that T-mobile had made the update information public, his response: Kyeah they have. But hey, you can always Root and run a hacked 2.1″

    Yeah, I know that, buddy. I wonder if you understand that the very fact that I *can* run 2.1 means that your earlier statement about which phones get 2.1 doesn’t really hold water…

    When? When is T-mob going to get their s@#t together as far as training and company message?

    • http://Website Ryan McKay

      I don’t understand this kind of attitude. Our phones are 2 years old now. Why not upgrade to get the latest and greatest? Unless google & T-Mo change the way the phones store the OS then we’re not getting Eclair. Its really that simple.

      Did you buy this phone with the expectation of getting every single update google ever puts out within the two years? Yes? Then what? You expect updates on older hardware for five years? Ten?

      Say goodbye to innovation at that point. If google has to backport everything to run SMOOTHLY on a first gen phone, we would never see anything like live wallpapers or whatever else is to come.

      *just a side not I still have my G1 and am not upgrading anytime soon.

      • http://Website Dan

        2 Years? Math much? The G1 has been out since October 2008. I don’t think anyone expects support for 5 years, but at least through MOST of the advertised subsidy would have been nice, $500 is a pretty large investment for a phone

        Not really sure why the community seems to pin this lack of support on T-mo. It’s strictly a HTC/Google fail.

        This quick abandon makes me regret my N1 purchase a bit.

        • http://Website J.

          I’ll tell you why it’s a T-Mobile problem/fail…

          T-Mobile: Hey, HTC, if you expect us to buy a bunch of your phones in 2010/2011, we’re really going to need you to get off your asses and deliver a fucking device driver for the 32B phones. Kthnxbye!

          HTC: uh…we’ll get right on that.

          So unless and until T-Mobile kicks HTC in the nuits, they’re letting us dangle, so fuck ‘em.

  • http://Website D

    JUST ROOT! Then install an Eclair ROM (I still use Manup’s).
    You get all these features, including setting Google Voice as your default voice mail.
    Plus all the goodness of 2.1 (I would shy away from the wallpaper, our phones cannot handle it)…

    • http://Website J.

      OpenEclair 1.1.5 with the 580MHz overclock makes the live wallpapers run just fine.

  • http://Website CJ

    Awwwww, a consolation prize.

  • http://Website Wade


  • http://droidsmith.com Chris

    I agree with Bombromb. Google Voice already does this type of thing. Although number one would be nice to have as Google Voice doesn’t do exactly the same thing.

    Maybe in upcoming updates to Voice all Android users will see this.

  • jalberty

    I got an email from TMOBILE with instructions on how to flash the new ROM for with the Voice Plus Beta. The process was easy, but now Google Maps and other Apps are not working properly.