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Checking in on T-Mobile's G1

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Much of the smartphone news this week has centered on Nokia's just-announced N97, a touchscreen device that some are calling the "Facebook Phone." And before that, the gadget world was abuzz about the BlackBerry Storm, whose clickable touchscreen wowed some reviewers but made others go "huh?" But T-Mobile's G1 – the much-anticipated iPhone challenger and so-called "Google Phone" – popped up on the radar again today with a few notable items.

Roaming woes

A reader of gadget site Gizmodo alleges that his G1's data roaming bill rang up at $102.85 after a trip to Europe – even though data roaming, data sync, and 3G were turned off. This isn't the first time international travel with a smartphone has made headlines – one iPhone owner racked up more than $4,000 in charges on a trip to Europe – but it's the first case we've heard of where the owner was still stuck with a bill after trying to avoid it.

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