Well isn't this awkward! A day after AT&T declared it was swallowing T-Mobile, T-Mobile is announcing the G2x, a Tegra 2, Android smartphone that holds the distinction of being the first to support T-Mobiles 42 Mbps 4G network.
Like most other Android phones right now, the LG-manufactured G2x has a 4-inch screen, a 1GHz dual-core processor, and a more-than-suitable 8MP rear camera. That it runs Android Froyo and not Gingerbread is kind of a bummer, but whatever. As for pricing and availability, T-Mobile says it will be available "later this (northern) spring". And that's about the extent of it for now. Um, great!
T-Mobile Makes America's Largest 4G Network Even Faster by Lighting Up 42 Mbps Speed in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando
The Company's Innovative 4G Device Portfolio Expands With Tablet, Mobile Broadband Devices and Smartphones, Including the T-Mobile G2x with Google
ORLANDO, Fla. and BELLEVUE, Wash. - March 22, 2011 - 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 GoogleTM 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 NetworkTM. 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 favourite 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 $US10 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 STM 4G and upcoming T-Mobile Sidekick® 4GTM, 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 AndroidTM 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 QikTM for staying in touch with family and friends.