T-Mobile keeps on reminding us rabidly loyal fans why we love their network so much. In addition to announcing the T-Mobile G2x with Google, they announced a partnership with Audi, but most importantly, they are further enhancing their 4G infrastructure, as they said they would.
T-Mobile announced that they are planning on doubling their 4G HSPA+ network to theoretical download speeds of 42 Mbps! I can tell you that with my T-Mobile G2, I regularly get over 8 – 10 Mbps. And T-Mobile announced new devices today which will be able to take advantage of the upgrade to their network.
Customers lucky enough to live in Las Vegas, New York, or Orlando will get access to these faster speeds immediately, closely followed by Chicago, New York (to Long Island), and northern New Jersey. (Dan – Are you ready for that?!). By mid-year, they expect 140 million Americans in 25 markets to have access to increased 4G speeds.
Today at the International CTIA Wireless 2011, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the expansion of its broad selection of consumer-ready 4G products, including the T-Mobile® G2x with Google™ which is built for speed and mobile entertainment. T-Mobile also announced the first major markets where it is doubling the speed of its 4G network to achieve a theoretical download speed of 42 Mbps. T-Mobile customers in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando, Fla., will be the first in the country to experience the increased 4G speed, followed closely by Chicago and further expansion of the New York network into Long Island, N.Y., and Northern New Jersey. By mid-year, T-Mobile expects 140 million Americans in 25 markets to have access to increased 4G speeds.
“As T-Mobile continues the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network, we’re doubling our maximum speed in more than two dozen markets, starting with three important cities today,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “We will continue to build on our 4G network advantage this year, providing customers with an industry-leading mobile data experience.”
As T-Mobile’s 4G network continues to expand and get faster, the company’s portfolio of 4G products is also growing. T-Mobile has announced plans to deliver 25 4G-capabile devices this year and this spring will introduce seven new 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products that will benefit from America’s Largest 4G Network™. T-Mobile’s 4G devices allow customers to video chat, surf the Web, download and stream high-definition (HD) and 3D video, and use their favorite applications as new 4G-enabled products with these capabilities come to market.
“Access to mobile content is central to the experience on a vast and growing number of consumer devices, exponentially increasing the demand for fast 4G mobile broadband connections,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, data traffic on T-Mobile’s network is quadrupled year over year. With smartphone data plans starting at just $10 a month — and a growing line-up of innovative 4G smartphones and tablets — we are meeting the demand for mobile data, and making it easier than ever for customers to step up to 4G.”
Industry-Leading 4G Smartphone Lineup
Adding to T-Mobile’s industry-leading lineup of 4G smartphones, including the new Galaxy S™ 4G and upcoming T-Mobile Sidekick® 4G™, T-Mobile today introduced the T-Mobile G2x with Google. The latest 4G smartphone to join T-Mobile’s innovative G-series devices, the G2x is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, brilliant 4-inch capacitive touch screen display and preloaded video games, such as Need For Speed SHIFT HD. Manufactured by LG Mobile Phones, the G2x is powered by Android™ 2.2 and comes equipped with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and autofocus and a front-facing camera paired with T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™ for staying in touch with family and friends.
New 4G Mobile Hotspot and Mobile Broadband Laptop Stick Lineup
T-Mobile is expanding its 4G mobile broadband products across a variety of device categories with the new T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot, enabling customers to extend the power of America’s Largest 4G Network to any Wi-Fi-capable device from virtually anywhere. T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot gives customers the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to T-Mobile’s 4G network, including music players, tablets, laptops, cameras and e-readers, among others. Manufactured by ZTE Corp., the sleek, compact 21 Mbps-capable device, which resembles a clamshell cell phone, weighs only 2.64 ounces and fits in the palm of your hand.
T-Mobile will offer its customers an all-4G laptop stick lineup from prepaid to premium devices. Available later this spring, the T-Mobile Rocket™ 3.0 will be the first 42 Mbps capable 4G product able to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s new 42 Mbps service. Manufactured by ZTE, the Rocket 3.0 will be capable of speeds twice as fast as 21 Mbps devices which customers should notice when creating and sharing mobile content, streaming and connecting through mobile video and participating in multi-player gaming.
T-Mobile also plans to deliver two additional 4G laptop sticks capable of delivering peak download speeds of 21 Mbps, including the T-Mobile Jet 2.0 and the prepaid T-Mobile Rocket 4G.
Growing 4G Tablet Portfolio
T-Mobile is also readying its second 4G tablet, the T-Mobile® G-Slate™ with Google™ by LG. Powered by Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the G-Slate delivers a premium mobile entertainment experience with a brilliant HD 8.9-inch 3D-capable multi-touch display and the ability to record 3D and full HD video. With the new G-Slate, customers can access their favorite TV shows, magazines, games and more with the following pre-installed applications:
- T-Mobile TV – offers live and on-demand TV including news, sports and full-length entertainment, plus on-demand full episodes of your favorite shows.
- Need for Speed SHIFT HD – developed by Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA), Need for Speed SHIFT HD is an award-winning authentic racing game that combines the true driver’s experience with real-world physics, pixel-perfect car models, and a wide range of authentic race tracks. Fully loaded on the G-Slate, the popular racing game is brought to life on the tablet with crisp HD graphics, and a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope.
- Zinio eReader – The largest online newsstand, this e-reader enables customers to shop for, search inside, read, share and save digital content in new ways with more than 75,000 digital magazines from 26 countries.
- Preloaded Google applications – Preloaded Google applications include Google eBooks™ and Google Talk™, with access to over 150,000 additional applications on Android Market™.
T-Mobile plans to offer its expanding selection of 4G products including the T-Mobile G2x, T-Mobile G-Slate, T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, Rocket 3.0, T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot, and prepaid Rocket 4G, later this spring. The T-Mobile Jet 2.0 is anticipated to be available on March 23.