T-Mobile is releasing new phones in waves: just as the new G2 is appearing in stores, the carrier announced an updated myTouch running Android 2.2. This new model uses a second-generation CPU and also offers video calling on either Wi-Fi or T-Mobile’s speedy mobile broadband network.
T-Mobile today officially unveiled the G2, the first smartphone to take advantage of the carrier’s 21 Mbps mobile broadband network. With a powerful new CPU, Android 2.2 and access to T-Mobile’s speedy HSPA+ network, the G2 is a glimpse at the next generation of super phones.
T-Mobile continues to tease us with the first handset that can take full advantage of the carrier’s 21 Mbps mobile broadband network, today introducing the G2 handset. Although no official details of the G2 are available, these three features are likely part of the HSPA+ handset.
T-Mobile today added faster HSPA+ mobile broadband coverage to 16 markets, raising availability of the 4G-like speeds to nearly 50 areas of the U.S. The carrier also released an updated USB data stick, but the real excitement arrives with the first HSPA+ handset later this summer.
T-Mobile has quietly leapfrogged competitors with the 21 Mbps HSPA+ network upgrade with completion expected by end of year. An HSPA+ handset or two could speed up customer migration further, but faster speeds bring greater data demand. Will T-Mobile respond with tiered pricing or another option?
Ericsson today said it will power EMOBILE’s 42 Mbps dual cell HSPA network in Japan, expected to launch in major cities before year-end. The upgraded network will be Japan’s first use of dual cell HSPA, or DC-HSPA, which pairs channels together for faster wireless speeds.
Between the four major U.S. cellular carriers and Clearwire, mobile broadband in this country is undergoing a fundamental transition to faster networks. But who’s doing what and when with their offerings? Here’s a summary of next-generation plans from the major U.S. carriers and Clearwire through 2013.
T-Mobile brings HSPA+ to 18 new markets today, enabling 4G-like speeds on current devices. A T-Mobile representative told me what such speeds are doing to data demand — in some cases, boosting traffic by seven times — but said the network can handle it.
The T-Mobile HSPA+ network expansion continues as three more areas of the U.S. can take advantage of the faster 3G speeds. Or are they “4G speeds” as T-Mobile is now claiming? My previous hands-on experience with both HSPA+ and WiMAX can answer that question.
T-Mobile’s first-quarter financial results show that the carrier is slowly losing customers, but that’s not the focus of the game T-Mobile is playing in 2010. Instead, the mobile operator is betting big on a fast, 3.5G wireless broadband rollout this year, hoping to raise ARPU.