T-Mobile Ramps Up 4G Efforts for 2011
T-Mobile USA has been very busy at today’s CTIA trade show, unveiling their robust 4G network plans and the smartphones to back it up. It’s all great news for AT&T, the new proud owner of T-Mobile USA, but from the looks of things, it’s pretty good news for consumers, too.
The T-Mobile 4G network is getting a speed upgrade, doubling the previous 4G speed offered. T-Mobile will be gradually rolling out the upgrade, starting in Las Vegas, New York, and Orlando, followed by Chicago, Long Island, and parts of New Jersey. An estimated 25 cities should have access to it by the middle of the year.
The G series gets an upgrade with the G2x with Google, which looks to be a pretty solid gaming phone, with a powerful 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and preloaded HD games. The phone is rounded out by the Zinio eReader, T-Mobile TV, and full video chat support thanks to a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The G2x will run Android 2.2 Froyo, and can record in HD with its 8 megapixel camera.
Pricing information for the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G was released, as well. It will retail for $149.99, which will be trimmed down to $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. Samsung’s iconic slider will run Android, and feature new goodies like group texting, built-in social networking support, and video chat.
T-Mobile will get its own entrant into the tablet wars with the G-Slate with Google, from LG. It looks to be a challenger, too, coming equipped with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the very latest OS from Android. It sports an 8.9 inch HD, 3D-ready screen with multitouch support. You can record 3D and HD video, as well. With preloaded bonuses like T-Mobile TV, the Zinio eReader, and Need for Speed Shift HD, the G-Slate looks to be a pretty tantalizing entertainment hub. It’ll cost you $629.99, but you can knock off $100 after a mail-in rebate.
T-Mobile is also extending their new network speeds to laptops through their laptop sticks and mobile hotspot devices. The T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 enables laptops to access the new and improved 4G network that will be rolling out this year. The T-Mobile Jet 2.0 and T-Mobile Rocket 4G will also have access to the 4G network, although they will be capped at pre-network upgrade speeds. On the upside, the Jet 2.0 is available now for free after a $50 mail-in rebate. You will need to agree to a two-year mobile broadband plan, though. The T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot will also only be able to access pre-network upgrade 4G speeds.
It’s a healthy and competitive line-up of products, one that should be available to AT&T customers as well, at some point in the not-too-distant future. Keep checking for more updates about T-Mobile’s 2011 plans!