When the stories first came out that T-Mobile had sold out of the first batch of of Android G1 phones, that sold-out number was assumed to be several hundred thousand units. Android phones were expected to sell approximately 400,000 units in Q4 this year. But now comes word that the actual number of pre-orders sold by T-Mobile is 1.5 million.
That's a dramatic and impressive figure, more than 3x the Q4 forecast. The iPhone has paved the way for the G1 but the G1 and its successors at other carriers may wind up cutting into iPhone sales -- or they could simply grow the overall market for better smartphones. The G1 actually arrives on October 22.