Google Gives HTC G1 to 17,000 of Its Employees

To many of us we would like to work in the offices of Google, I suppose that all those who live in the technology sector is an ideal place where to perform your functions, or at least they do we see.
But the crisis becomes the best houses, and end of this year the company is presented with a less expensive Christmas gift in years previous, but very special.

About 17,000 employees of the 20,000 that make up Google will receive a HTC G1 this Christmas, considering that last year prevailed with 1,000 extra employees, compensate them with a device that has a production cost of $150 is certainly lose out.

The HTC G1, which is the special developer model, unlocked, so it is possible to use it in most of the countries of the world (but making it clear that they can not be resold), presenting also a color and design details that make something different.

Interestingly there are 16 countries where Google It has employees, and you cannot perform this gift, these countries are the India, China, Brazil, Korea, Israel, Russia, Argentina, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Turkey, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Egypt, Chile and Ukraine.

Employees of these countries will receive the equivalent in cash, about $400, which will be economically winners, although I am sure that some would have preferred to have in their possession so special version, never rains to everyone’s taste.

This strategy of internal diffusion is not new, remember that Apple It was already offering many of its employees an iPhone at the time of the launch, Microsoft It also regularly offers smartphones with Windows Mobile executives.

To continue the long teeth, I leave you with a video of images taken in the offices of Google in Zurich, the same is not so beautiful as they paint it to us, but certainly looks like a nice place:


If you are curious here a copy of the letter that Google It instructed its employees to let them know the news, is clear in English:


The bonus is a Google holiday tradition – it’s a great way to thank everyone for their hard work. In the past, we’ve done this in cash. This year, we’ve decided to give Googlers a different kind of present – a Dream phone (this is a T-Mobile device (NYSE: DT) markets as the G1). We’re really excited about getting the phone to more Googlers in more countries, and also seeing all the cool new things you do with it.

Shipping these special edition phones in such a short time frame (they were designed especially for Googlers with a ‘droid’ on the back) and making sure they would work anywhere in the world was no small feat. So a big thank you to the Android and Legal teams for making this happen. While these phones do not have SIM cards, they are unlocked so they can be used with the network provider of your choice. Plus – thanks to more fancy footwork from the Android team – they’ll work immediately as WiFi devices!

Sadly, despite all our best efforts, there are some countries – India, China, Brazil, Korea, Israel, Russia, Argentina, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Turkey, Kenya, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Egypt, Chile, and the Ukraine – where even our legal team could not work their magic. Googlers in these countries will receive the cash equivalent of the phone in their December paychecks, which is about $400 USD. Overall though almost 85% of Googlers globally will be able to receive the phone – including the United States, Western and Central Europe, Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Japan.

The holiday gift team in your office will be sending out an email with logistical information on distribution shortly. We know that some of you are already on your holidays – don’t worry – your phones will be waiting for you when you come back! For more information, check out the FAQ here.

Some of you will of course be wondering why we decided to change from a cash bonus to the Dream phone. Here are the reasons. First, we’ve never developed anything like the Android software before and this represented a unique opportunity to celebrate that achievement. Googlers globally have been asking for the Dream phone and we’re looking forward to seeing all the different things that you do with them. This is a chance for us to once again dogfood to product and make it even better! Second, as we discussed in our email this week, the current economic crisis requires us to be more conservative about how we spend our money. We felt that giving the Dream phone would be a great holiday present – something we could all celebrate.

Thank you for all that you do to make Google the company that it is. We hope that you will enjoy using your Dream phone in 2009 and have a very happy holiday!