**Update: 12:13 p.m. ** T-Mobile offers its observations below.
**Updates below on inventory at some local stores**
I stopped by the T-Mobile store in Bella Terra in Huntington Beach just 10 minutes before 8 a.m. and there were about 20 people in line, including Joey VanBuskirk, from Fountain Valley.
VanBuskirk was first in line, having waited since 5 a.m. to buy the new Google phone, a.k.a. the T-Mobile G1.
“My phone got stolen and I really, really need a new phone,” he told me.
Of course, he was excited about the first phone with Google’s mobile operating system as well. But if it hadn’t been for the theft two days ago, he would have waited and ordered a phone online. Right now, if T-Mobile subscribers opt to order one online, it won’t arrive until Nov. 10.
The store employee who opened the doors up at 8 a.m. said the store had about 50 phones. After they sell out, that’ll be it until mid November.
More people were in line at the T-Mobile store at Talbert and Beach, according to folks in line who had stopped by the other store first.
Calls to various stores in Orange County showed that there are still phones available:
- Santa Ana: The Santa Ana store at 2130 E 17th St still has plenty of phones with a couple people still in line as of 9:32 a.m.
- Irvine: The store at Culver and Alton had about 40 to 50 people in line. As of 9:34 a.m., there are 15 phones left.
- Irvine: Store at Redhill & Edinger has 10 left. The store had 27 to start.
- Laguna Niguel: Store at 25912 La Paz Rd in Laguna Hills expects to have enough for the day. It sold about 15 this morning.
- Mission Viejo: At the The Shops at Mission Viejo, the store had “probably about 30 left” by 9:42 a.m. About 15 were sold in the morning to people standing in line.
- Fullerton: The store at Gilbert & Malvern (1997 W Malvern Ave) has 7 left, as of 9:47 a.m. They sold 13 already.
- Anaheim: Store at Euclid & Broadway (261 S Euclid St) has “enough” if anyone is planning to stop by, as of 9:50 a.m.
- Huntington Beach: Store at 8112 Talbert Ave. was super busy. They sold ‘at least 50′ when the store opened. There are, however, about 20 phones left as of 9:55 a.m.
By the way, the black phone is definitely more popular than the brown one. While the buzz for the Google phone isn’t nearly as thunderous as it was for the Apple iPhone, I feel some stores will sell out today, given that there are only a dozen or so left at many stores.
**UPDATE, 12:15 p.m. ** T-Mobile offers up two factoids about the G1
- Among those T-Mobile customers who have pre-ordered the T-Mobile G1, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset
- Since announcing the phone on Sept. 23rd, the T-Mobile G1 microsite has received five times the site traffic of any other major T-Mobile product launch.
Spotted on Twitter: Google dedicated a spot on its bare home page to promote its new phone: