T-Mobile G1 Purchase Goes Smoothly; Lines And Availability Spotty

imageI’m not sure if it’s a sign of tough economic times or a lack of cool, but I was a little surprised to be the first G1 customer in line today. I stopped at a T-Mobile store in Laguna Niguel, Calif. on my way down to the WebbyConnect conference and couldn’t have had a better experience. I arrived at 7 a.m. and was the only person waiting for the store to open. By the time 8 a.m. rolled around, four people were congregating near the door. Contrast that to a little over three months ago, when I tried to pick up the iPhone 3G on its first day and came up empty handed after waiting in line for hours. Meanwhile, those that were able to buy one experienced activation snafus and other glitches. I won’t nag on AT&T (NYSE: T) and Apple’s shoddy customer service again, but let’s just say my first impression of T-Mobile is much better. My new T-Mobile service was activated within 30 minutes, and while my paperwork was being printed I entered my Gmail account info and all of my personal information was synchronized on my G1 within minutes.
But be warned, T-Mobile: I ended up returning the iPhone 3G after using it for two weeks — and if my G1 doesn’t work out I’ll return it as well. T-Mobile employees wouldn