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T-Mobile teases us with the long-awaited G2.
Phone will be T-Mobile's first to feature HSPA+ -- a 3.5G or 4G tech, depending on who you ask

RIM and Apple recently have been flattened under a deluge of high-powered Android handset releases.  Between the Motorola DroidMotorola Droid XMotorola Droid 2HTC IncredibleHTC EVO 4G, and Samsung Galaxy S/S Pro it's become hard to keep track of all these high-powered competitors.

Not looking to slow down, T-Mobile just aired a teaser page for the long awaited T-Mobile G2.  You may recall that T-Mobile's G1 was the first Android smartphone to hit the U.S. market, landing back in October 2008.

The new G2 was rumored to be released in July 2009 – instead it never showed up.  At the time the phone was rumored to be the HTC Magic.  Now it seems possible that the phone might be the dual-core HTC Glacier that a T-Mobile employee posted benchmarks of on GLSBenchmark.

If it is indeed the Glacier, the slick white paint job would certainly suit its model name.

The only thing T-Mobile has officially announced about the phone is that it is going to be the network's first HSPA+ compatible smartphone.  HSPA+ is a so called "3.5G" cell phone transmission technology (LTE and WiMAX are considered the only "true" 4G technologies).  T-Mobile insists on billing it as a "4G equivalent", though, which recently led to harsh words from rival AT&T.

T-Mobile's G2 teaser page is here.

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Keyboard please!!
By AEvangel on 8/18/2010 9:46:55 AM , Rating: 2
I just want it to have a physical keyboard...I'm getting ready to replace my G-1, but I don't want to get the slide since it's already so out of date compared to the other phones coming out in the last 3 months.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By dr4gon on 8/18/2010 10:03:51 AM , Rating: 2
Just get a droid then.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By mcnabney on 8/18/2010 10:08:38 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the Droid 2's keyboard is pretty nice. My original Droid's keyboard was just okay, but the Droid 2 is really nice. Combine that with the fast chip and eventual upgrade to Gingerbread and it is a great choice. Wish I could get one...

RE: Keyboard please!!
By sprockkets on 8/18/2010 2:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'd get one if it were available for Tmobile. Sorry, I hate CDMA carriers.

Yes, the Milestone was an option but rather just have a good T Mobile phone without the crap of needing a data plan (I'll buy the phone right out).

RE: Keyboard please!!
By cjc1103 on 8/19/2010 8:02:39 AM , Rating: 2
All cell carriers require a data plan whether you buy the phone outright or not. One of my pet peeves is you should get a discount after your contract is up, or if you pay for your phone outright. The way it is now, the payment for your phone is essentially included in your service charge, and once the contract is up, there is little incentive to hold on to that phone, you might as well get a new one with the latest tech, as you're paying for it anyway.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By Scabies on 8/19/2010 11:22:47 AM , Rating: 2
Objection: we managed to get my mom a Vibrant without the data plan. She complains that GPS doesn't work right when she's away from home (read: our wireless router) but hey, GPS is borked on the Galaxy S anyways.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By omega356 on 8/22/2010 11:08:18 AM , Rating: 2
A friend and I both have G1s. We both deactivated our Data service after about 3 months. The G1 as you know are WI-Fi able. Everywhere you go today WI-fi is being broadcast, at work and in my home. Shutting off the data plan only stops you from getting t-mobiles data service.If you use the nav on the phone (G1)of course this will be disabled. (I do not)

If you call t-mobile there phone operator will swear your phone will be a lifeless brick. This is not true, I do not use my phone in the car so a data plan made no scene. I felt as though i was paying for something I already had, which in this case was true. i still get my Gmail when in rang of a Wi-fi broadcast and i can still surf the net.

I do like t-mobile because you have this bit of freedom, and this is why I stay with them. I always have the option to turn on my data plan when I travel. Everyone has free internet service including the airports so i found turning it on was not necessary. When i go over seas, i just swap out the phone card with one I purchase at the airport and service is restored. Long distance calls are cheaper this way.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By Scabies on 8/18/2010 11:37:01 AM , Rating: 1
Funny this got downrated, because it was exactly what I was going to say; T-Mobile has been robbed this whole time concerning decent android sliders. And I too am looking for something to replace the G1 I got so long ago.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By Scabies on 8/18/2010 11:50:58 AM , Rating: 2
double post, followed through to the teaser site:
This site is temporarily unavailable while we work to improve the site. We'll be back soon, better than ever—so please check back later. Thanks for your patience.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By MadMyk on 8/18/2010 12:15:35 PM , Rating: 2
I agree...I want to replace my G1 but I really want a full keyboard. I have tried the droid and didn't like it (not to mention its Verizon whom I hate..but that's my hangup). The mytouch slide is missing the number keys and is a bit cramped. The G1 really has a great keyboard which I found incredibly easy to touch type on. It doesn't look like there is room in the design for a keyboard based on the teaser picture of the G2.

RE: Keyboard please!!
By Bharakrama on 8/18/2010 3:20:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yes a physical keyboard would be quite wonderful. Although I have heard that the Nexus One's soft-keyboard is really good so if this really is the HTC Glacier with a dual core processor than the soft-keyboard could be better than the Nexus Ones. At least performance wise.

Also this looks like the leaked pictures of the MyTouch HD. If it is, then I guess I'll just end up getting the Samsung Vibrant as my G1 is old and I think I've reached as far as I can get with the ROMs.

raising the bar wars
By judge knot on 8/18/2010 10:44:45 AM , Rating: 4
C3PO, met our new G2.

RE: raising the bar wars
By quiksilvr on 8/18/2010 1:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
Oh dear...

4G "Speed"
By cigar3tte on 8/18/2010 10:37:43 AM , Rating: 2
T-Mobile never billed it "4G", they said it runs at 4G speeds. Misleading perhaps, but they never billed it 4G.

RE: 4G "Speed"
By CharonPDX on 8/18/2010 3:35:00 PM , Rating: 2
And many people call the iPhone 4 the "iPhone 4G". If T-Mobile uses "4G" *ANYWHERE*, people will be confused.

how do they know its dual core
By OBLAMA2009 on 8/19/2010 4:01:24 AM , Rating: 1
how do they know its dual core (when there arent even dual core chips out yet). is it just assumed that phones faster than 3g require dual core chips??

RE: how do they know its dual core
By drake400 on 8/23/2010 10:17:01 AM , Rating: 2
prolly because of this:

The MSM8260 for HSPA+ and MSM8660 for multi-mode HSPA+/CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Rev. B feature two enhanced CPU cores running at up to 1.2GHz for high levels of Web application and multimedia performance, including a powerful GPU with 3D/2D acceleration engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 accelration, 1080p video encode/decode, dedicated low power audio engine, integrated low power GPS, and support for 24-bit WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution displays.

i like
By OBLAMA2009 on 8/19/10, Rating: 0
"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else." -- Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes

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