T-Mobile G2 with Google Discount of the Year. Take a Look at Mine

So the bad news is that after 4 and a half solid years my SUPER advanced MDA smartphone had a screen failure. The good news is that something like the T-Mobile G2 with Google exists and makes me completely forget the loss of my phone. The T-Mobile G2 with Google, as it’s called is a phone so new it didn’t even come out until TODAY. But I got my G2 a day early, so I’m able to show you some pictures and a video from the place I got mine on super low discount-Let’s Talk, CLICK HERE to visit them.

T-Mobile G2 with Google real

Of course that’s the G2 in real life, the advertised picture is pretty fancy but I think it’s pretty accurate too. You can go to the website and see for yourself.

T-Mobile G2 with Google

 

A place to get the best price on these phones is…

Surprise it’s ebay! It’s pretty obvious if you think about it, but recently I wanted to get ANOTHER G2 so I went over and saw a bunch of them. If you go look at the prices over there it’s the best possible place for a break price other Let’s Talk in my opinion.

Anyway back in ’99 I was another “government employee” working on the 2000 Census project as a crew leader. I had about 40 folks working under me and decided it was time for a “cell phone.” And Let’s Talk, then as now, had the BEST PRICES. Those guys have rebates and specials on phones I don’t see anywhere else. I’m telling you they have a deal on the T-Mobile G2 that I don’t think is too easy to find, so last week I pre-ordered it.

T-Mobile G2 with Google front

T-Mobile G2 with Google back

4G and Android

So let’s see, officially “Based on 4G network speeds currently available in the US; our new HSPA+ network not available everywhere. Google, the Google logo, Google Voice, Google Voice Search, Gmail, Android, and Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc. ” And so in a nutshell if you don’t want or like iPhones they Android is a VERY viable alternative. I knew for a FACT I didn’t want ATT Wireless or the closed source that comes with iPhones. And a lot of people feel that way, and it’s why Androids are taking off. In fact I looked a few different carriers/phones on Let’s Talk.

I checked out the Droid 2 on Verizon. They have a really good network, they’re own CDMA, but in my memory I always assume they can be a little pricey, but that’s not really the case anymore. So that Droid 2 giant screen almost had me.

Droid 2

And I also looked at a Sprint Evo. MAN this phone does a lot and it’s just great to look at. It’s also by HTC, so like my old MDA and new T-mobile G2 it’s a phone “type” that I know pretty well.

Sprint Evo

But since I had a no-contract account with T-mobile I decided to stick with them. Yesterday I took the G2 out on my half hour fat man walk to get back in shape 10 minutes after the UPS guy dropped it off, and I was able to figure it out WHILE WALKING. I got online and started streaming some exercise music.

T-Mobile G2 with Google keyboard

Don’t get me wrong I TRIED to save my MDA. Years ago back in the 2000’s I was one of those guys hanging out at Howard’s Forum who didn’t mind taking apart an expensive phone or changing the firmware on his own. For the MDA I was actually able to find the service manual. Because I think what happened to it was the screen just blew a few pixels and that eventually spread and basically made it look like this…

HTC MDA

Next I went to eBay and phone what was SUPPOSED to be a compatible screen and then began this ugly job…

MDA taken apart

But I really don’t think you want to be involved with this! The phone itself still works, and HTC quoted me a repair price, but that $10 screen from eBay was calling my name. And I did a great job, it still works fine. But that screen isn’t responding to touch, so I think I got screwed. SO I’m putting this bad boy out to pasture and one day I’ll get back to it and find the RIGHT screen. In the meantime I just switched SIM cards and I’ve been on the T-Mobile G2 with Google every since-that “ever since” means a whole 24 hours!

Is Amish Shah Hurt or Helped by Google’s Version of Google Goggles?

Yeah I know. That is one ugly ass post title. Too many g’s and o’s. But that’s the question I asked myself out loud, so I figure other people will probably ask it too. Anyway until that eBay hard drive arrives for me to clone my dead hard drive I can’t really do any real work, so here I am writing “articles” instead of “copy.” Even though I keep swearing off internet money topics…

original goggles

If you didn’t know, Amish and his team put out a product that helps people see ROUGHLY how Google Adwords might see their site from a Quality Score standpoint. Very, very useful tool (if you have and use an Adwords account). The product is called “Google Goggles.” I had been on the fence about buying it for about 2 months. I was either going to get the goggles or Jonathan Van Clute’s LP Gen (Landing Page Generator).

LP Gen comes at the quality score issue from a different angle. It actually takes your keywords and theme and pretty much BUILDS the kind of site you need to get a good score. But the cost of that item was several hundred more dollars. So I wrote to Jonathan and was like “hey, dude any specials or deals comin’ up?” And he was like; nope. And that was that. But he did say be on the lookout for some news, so sit tight. And I decided, ok come New Years I’ll have a nice Azoogle payment coming in and by that time he’ll either release an update or a “package deal” and I’ll get it then.

In the meantime I kept thinking about going with Amish’s goggles. I was already able to get QS with 7’s and 10’s using maybe a handful of keywords, not TONS AND TONS. So the goggles were haunting me because they also provide a sort of game plan for site design. You know what? Let me go get an affiliate link to their page because I really didn’t set out to write a product review. Go look at their thing HERE.

Goggles

No, I wanted to talk about this idea that GOOGLE has now come out with a “Google Goggles.” In that Chicago Tribune piece they talk about their tool incorporating real-time Twitter and Facebook into their search, so now you can get UP TO THE MINUTE search results. With blogs they shaved the post/search time down to about 5 minutes, but with their version of goggles you’ve got near instantaneous search results popping up.

But what’s going to happen is that the phrase “Google Goggle” is going to be out there now. Will this help Amish? ORRRRR will Google make them stop using the name? One has to assume he had some kind of permission or relied on some sort of disclaimer clause “we’re not associated with THE Google…etc” But what happens now to his branding?

This is all a little interesting of course, because this week 2 things happened. Google Adwords kicked a bunch of us out, meaning they’re going on the offensive. And Chris Carpenter the ORIGINAL Google Cash dude decided to make Google Cash free because of all the info products of (varied quality) out there with “Google” in their name. So, freaky times man. Freaky times.

Getting Your Money Back From Google Adwords After They’ve Closed Your Account

Ah man, now I can’t run my electric cigarette ad-oh wait Google wasn’t gonna let me anyway.  Well, I had kinda sworn off writing about money once I started making REAL internet money (for me). But what the hell! For old times sake I think I NEED to do this post. Besides, not having my name “out there” is probably one of the reasons Ruck and the guys from Convert 2 Media rejected my application-but hey, I’m not complaining, could’ve ended up in one of their videos. Thank goodness for Elite Clicks. So….does your inbox look anything like this?

ouch

So OK, you know the deal; Google went on a killing spree this past week. They took that Dec.1 FTC thing to heart, or rather, used it as an excuse to have a “Black Wednesday.” And now you probably want your money back right. Well good news it’s not like the Adsense thing where they KEEP your money after screwing you over. In this case it’s not money you’d generated through their program, the prepaid Adwords money is YOUR money in their escrow account. So use THIS LINK and it’ll take you 60 seconds to request your money.  But it looks like you’ll have to wait 60 DAYS to get your money, unless I’m reading it wrong. But update: they have shortened the process to 3-4 weeks.

Justin Dupre wrote about his situation and AdHustler did too. His comment section is kind of surprising though. People are defending Google’s willy/nilly closing of people’s accounts? Did you read FastCompany piece about the entertainment site that got the same treatment and has nothing to do with acai or teeth whiteners, etc.,

It’s not just “bad” affiliates that get a disapproving sneer from Google, and it doesn’t have to be for anything recent. Google could easily point out a link or lp in an account’s history and say to an Adwords user “no more of this.” But nope-they’re doing a clean sweep. Couple years ago during the big Adsense clean sweep they took my account. A year ago during the PR clean sweep (slap) they took my PR a few days after I started putting clear-as-day affiliate links on my personal blog (the one at end of this post is a tinyURL but usually I don’t). Ce la vie. Inconvenient, not life changing.

But this mass account disabling will, YES, lead to people doing “shady” stuff. Like when I opened a new Adsense account. At the time I was doing a $100 a day and thought it was “unbelievable!!!” My Adwords account was almost DOA since 2004 so it was a “clean” account (unless you consider THIS t-shirt site, how it originally started, “a bad user experience”). And I have another Adwords account already if I ever want to market that way again.  It’s more about principle than actually using the accounts. Yeah it’s their ball, their bat, their field, but people sneak over the fence all the time… Course they DO watch me like a hawk-here’s me publishing this article and 13 seconds later they came and crawled it.

big brother

My opinion is that Google has a split personality. They WANT to be wikipedia (hence wiki ranking for everything under the sun). Google started out like that too, a fresh faced, sober living kinda entity providing “pure” content. But then like everybody else they discovered they could “make money online.” And in Google’s case, GIANT money. It’s like discovering CPA marketing if you’ve been doing regular affiliate marketing. But now, like some kinda Robert Downey Jr. clone Google is wiping the coke from their nose saying “Man I gotta clean up my act. Get back to my roots, start a gospel choir…” What one might call a “business model reassessment.” i.e., Yu & Facebook.

Actually I honestly get the feeling Google doesn’t want ANYbody to make money online, except Google. And maybe brick and mortars. They seem to get a pass-but I believe that pass is given purely because the bulk of B and M’s are so horrible at generating revenue online or even leads.

Anyway get your money back and tell Google to kiss your ass.

Bye bye Google

Best I can do is throw this Miva coupon at ya…UPDATE: Well scratch that-it’s a year and a half later and MIVA has been bought out, so instead of a 25$ coupon it’s now a 50$ from adknowledge. When you get to the site it looks a little sparse, but it’s a real company. They’ve done about 60 billion impressions and I’m about to sign up myself using this coupon.(Update-offer is gone, sorry)