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First branded "4G" device from U.S. carrier other than Sprint

Depending on your political leanings, T-Mobile is offering an opportunity to celebrate or forget the results of the mid-term election November 2 by releasing the MyTouch 4G the next day. The news comes via T-Mobile's Facebook page and confirms not only the launch date, but the destined-to-be-controversial moniker of the Android 2.2-powered device we previewed a few weeks ago. 

A quick recap of the MyTouch 4G's specs tells us that it boasts comparable hardware to other top-tier Android offerings, with a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 3.8" WVGA touchscreen, dual cameras (front-facing VGA and rear-facing 5-megapixel), and comes pre-loaded with an 8GB microSD card. What really sets it apart, though, is the fact that it is the second smartphone (first being the G2) that supports T-Mobile's high-speed HSPA+ network, which the carrier claims delivers "4G"-like speeds.

"Designed specifically to deliver today’s 4G speeds on T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding HSPA+ network, the myTouch 4G will offer customers blazing fast access to websites, applications, videos, downloads and more," T-Mobile said.

This claim is sure to infuriate the other carriers, particularly AT&T, which has had gripes with T-Mobile's "4G" claims in the past. "I think that companies need to be careful that they're not misleading customers by labeling HSPA+ as a 4G technology. We aren't labeling those technologies as 4G," AT&T Spokesperson Seth Bloom told DT in May.

In fact, HSPA+ is generally labeled as something closer to 3.5G, considering it is an upgrade to existing 3G technology, and not a true fourth-generation system like LTE, which all the major carriers plan to eventually utilize. One caveat: In an independent study conducted by PhoneScoop, T-Mobile's HSPA+ network held up against and, in some cases, outperformed Sprint/Clearwire's WiMax, generally accepted as 4G. The logic follows, then, that if Sprint can brand devices as "4G," so can T-Mobile.

The MyTouch 4G is exclusive to T-Mobile and will retail at $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate (with a qualifying two-year contract). It will be available in white, black, red, and plum.

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Nobody has 4G now or anytime soon.
By kelmerp on 10/28/2010 9:18:48 AM , Rating: 2

Basically you need second-gen WiMax and second-gen LTE in order to be officially labelled as 4G. YEs, that is very very confusing for most people, but Sprint and AT&T can't really say anything since they are nowhere near 4G.

RE: Nobody has 4G now or anytime soon.
By mcnabney on 10/28/2010 9:28:31 AM , Rating: 1
That writer is an idiot and completely wrong.

To meet 4G standards, downstream speeds for high mobility should peak at 100Mbit/sec for high mobility and 1Gbits/sec for low mobility.

Considering that 3G was .75 to 4mbs, I am pretty confident that the jump to 4G isn't going to require 25-50x the bandwidth. In fact, the writer clearly doesn't know anything about the technology. Unless the government shuts down all television broadcasting and gives the spectrum to the wireless carriers for free I don't see a gigabit ever being delivered wirelessly. That kind of bandwidth requires a hell of a lot of spectrum.

By Motley on 10/28/2010 10:38:07 AM , Rating: 2
You are obviously short sighted and don't fully understand the technology very well.

RE: Nobody has 4G now or anytime soon.
By sprockkets on 10/28/2010 3:06:02 PM , Rating: 2
That writer is an idiot and completely wrong.

So, we have the actual fact of 4G is defined as such correctly by Jason Mick , vs. your gut feeling as to it being wrong.

That's nice. What other things you think are wrong based on your gut?

By JakLee on 10/28/2010 4:34:52 PM , Rating: 2
That's nice. What other things you think are wrong based on your gut?

Not sure about you, but that burrito I ate for lunch is seeming kinda wrong about now.... and my gut agrees!

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