T-Mobile to Double 4G Network Speed and Introduces 4G Tablets

Today in Vegas T-Mobile made a slew of new 4G announcements, both hardware and infrastructure related. For starters, they said that the upcoming T-Mobile G Slate will be the first 4G Honeycomb tablet. They quickly whipped it out on stage, but didn’t give much more details about the device, including an ETA.

They also announced that during 2011 they will be doubling the speed on practically two thirds of their 4G network in the U.S. to as fast as 42mbps. T-Mobile says that they are America’s largest and fastest 4G network and that they are actually 160% bigger than Verizon’s 4G LTE service that was announced today, as well as being 40% bigger than Sprint’s WiMAX network. They also promise to keep offering affordable data plans while not charging any “tolls” or premiums, for their upgraded 4g data service. For example, currently, they are offering a $10 data plan add-on.

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A glimpse at the upcoming G Slate

G Slate with Google

The T-Mobile G-Slate will be among the first 4G tablets to fully benefit from the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 platform, which was designed from the ground up for devices with larger screen sizes and addresses the unique aspects of tablet use cases and form factors. The Honeycomb user experience improves on Android favorites such as widgets, multi-tasking, browsing, notifications and customization. It will also feature the latest Google Mobile innovations including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, collection of more than 3 million eBooks and Google Talk with video and voice chat.