Thank you for the update. I had just ran across the TmoNews article, but I had not seen the Engadget one yet.
The prices, both subsidized and unsubsidized, are what I expected.
I certainly agree that I would have preferred a 3.5 mm jack rather than a 2.5 mm jack. It will be hard to compete with the iPhone, but the devices with the Android operating system have a strong following.
As far as the Connected Services, I really doubt that they can market that successfully. I think that they will just be part of the data package. I think for them to be subscription based like AT&T tried for $5.99/month would be a killer.
For whatever it is worth, I have noticed that the specifications for the G60 https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?...018#featureTab specifically differentiates between the Includes Connected Services and the Premium Connected Services. The Garminfone specifications http://www.garminasus.com/en_US/phon.../services.html simply mentions Connected Services without differentiating between Included and Premium. Granted, they still could charge extra, but given the history of Android devices and the fierce competition in smartphones, I don't think charging extra would be a good move.
As for me personally, I will try and resist the urge to be the first to buy one of these. My G60 is working just fine right now. However, once the price drops on this, I will be more interested. I have noticed when I have been in cell stores that many phones keep the no contract price high even when they run a special sale price on a carrier subsidized phone. The low Amazon price on the G60 might be something we are unlikely to see on the Garminfone anytime in the near future.