China’s main mobile provider, correct me if I’m wrong: China Mobile, have already been said to be the carrier that will be bringing China their first Google phone (apart from those from the black market that is!). But instead of going for the now internationally recognised first Google phone: T-Mobile G1 / HTC G1, it’s now been said that they will be getting its own version of an Android device via currently the world’s fourth largest personal computer manufacturer, Lenovo from the first quarter beginning of 2009.
Currently in the black market in China, the T-Mobile G1 can go for as much as $550 USD, which is already quite a considerable sum of money. In addition to that, the handset need to be unlocked if you’re not a T-Mobile customer and that costs another $73, which totals up to over $620 USD for an unofficially unlocked G1.
Though I’m not sure whether this pricing has now been affected by the news that officially unlocked T-Mobile G1 only costs a little bit more at $700 USD. Maybe this blackmarket has something to do with China Mobile’s decision?