June 7, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The T-Mobile G2 debuted in 2010 as a unique Android device. It had a strong processor, ran stock Android, and sported a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Anyone who wants those features may soon have to look elsewhere because the G2 is nearing the end of its road.
Following the G2′s sudden disappearance from the T-Mobile online website over the weekend (it has since returned), TMoNews started asking around about the G2′s role in the T-Mobile roster. The site then received a tip that the device is inching closer to “EOL,” a designation that the device is approaching “End of life” and is close to no longer being sold.
The end of the G2 in T-Mobile stores is not happening tomorrow or even next week. The G2 will be on shelves for the foreseeable future provided that it’s in stock (the phone is out-of-stock online). What this means is that inventory will likely be lower as T-Mobile is unlikely to restock it and dealers may not place new orders. That all depends on sales strength and if T-Mobile has something similar to replace it, which is no surprise considering that the G2 is 8 months old.
The question now becomes what will replace the T-Mobile G2? The G2 was the first true successor to the G1, so one would expect something similar but more exciting to carry on the G3 moniker this fall, right? It’s too early to tell but there is a shortlist of features that this mythical phone should have: a QWERTY keyboard, stock Android (Ice Cream preferably), a dual-core Qualcomm processor, and support for the faster speeds of T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network.
There’s only a few month until we’ll start seeing leaks that will give insight into what we can see in the next T-Mobile G phone. Count on a few myTouch’s, Sensation’s, and the like in the meantime in case you get bored.