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T-Mobile's overly happy spokeschick, Carly Foulkes  (Source: T-Mobile via YouTube)

"Verizon" and "AT&T", the iPhone's "friends" try to establish their separate identities, with much difficulty.  (Source: T-Mobile via YouTube)
"How do you tell them apart?" -- T-Mobile chick

T-Mobile has been hooting and hollering about its "4G" (actually 3.5, HSPA+) network for a long time.  While testing has shown it to be slower than true 4G networks like Verizon's LTE or Sprint's WiMAX, T-Mobile does offer HSPA+ phones, something that Verizon can't yet claim.  So in terms of data network speed, after Sprint, T-Mobile currently is the next best thing.

The carrier rubs in that fact with a pointed new commercial [video], which simultaneous disses the Apple iPhone, AT&T, and Verizon.  Clearly T-Mobile doesn't think users should be impressed with the fact that the iPhone has come to Big Red.

The ad spot features the ever-popular T-Mobile chick (better known as Carly Foulkes, a model also appearing in ads for Ralph Lauren Rugby line) poking fun at the iPhone dude (a clear parody of Justin Long's character) and his eternal attempts at being cool.

This time around the iPhone has brought two identical friends.  One friend is AT&T -- the other, the iPhone's new network Verizon.  T-Mobile's gal asks, "Who are your buddies?"

IPhone responds, "Oh that's AT&T, and that's Verizon?"

Verizon chimes in "Actually I'm Verizon."

And AT&T adds, "And I'm AT&T."

Indeed the two are the same actor, with everything the same, from his balding head, to his stodgy suit.  Everything that is, except for the tie.  AT&T's tie is, of course, blue, while Verizon's is red.  The T-Mobile lady, puzzled, asks, "How do you tell them apart?  Does one of them have nationwide 4G like me?"

IPhone mournfully replies, "Nope, I'm pretty much slow with either one."
Well, it's true that the iPhone can't yet handle HSPA+ or LTE/WiMAX for the matter.  We're guessing it will get the upgrade to HSPA+ sometime this summer, and maybe will see an LTE bump in summer 2012.

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By sprockkets on 1/13/2011 3:53:10 PM , Rating: 5
Technically the att iphone uses the same 3.75 or whatever tech that t-mobile has.

But she's cute, so I agree with anything she says :)

RE: ha
By HrilL on 1/13/2011 7:50:19 PM , Rating: 3
Wrong. the iPhone 4 does not support HSPA+. The fastest it can do is 7.2Mbps max which is just HSPA not HSPA+. HSPA+ can currently do a max speed of 43Mbps and possibly faster once radios on the network side are upgraded.

RE: ha
By Targon on 1/13/2011 9:15:05 PM , Rating: 3
And with that said, are any of the networks able to handle the demand of those sorts of speeds? Who cares what it can theoretically do if the carriers are not ready to provide those sorts of speeds!

Look at cable you see more than a few that even offer 100Mbps speeds for a very high premium, or are most in that 10-30Mbps range? There is a reason why carriers do not offer the maximum speed that a given technology can provide, the backbones are just not able to handle it!

In general, if we see even 10Mbps service offered via cellular of ANY type, that will be a pretty big improvement over most current offerings, and to expect faster with no bandwidth limit just isn't realistic.

RE: ha
By sprockkets on 1/13/2011 10:56:14 PM , Rating: 3
Whoops, only the server side can be software upgraded (for the + part), not the phone side.

Eh whatever. She's hot.

RE: ha
By EricMartello on 1/14/11, Rating: -1
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By Shadowself on 1/14/2011 10:10:57 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, the iPhone does only support HSPA (HSDPA down & HSUPA up). However the limit is not 7.2 Mpbs (a common misconception). IF (HUGE IF) the carrier supports it, HDSPA can support *up to and including* 14.4 Mbps. The iPhone can, in theory, support this. I don't know about today (haven't researched it recently), but AT&T was planning on only supporting a maximum of the 7.2 Mbps rate before the jump to LTE.

Yes, in theory, HSDPA+ can support *up to and including* 42.2 Mbps. However, I doubt T-Mobile has that full implementation as of today. It would not surprise me at all if they only implement the lowest speed which is only up to 17.6 Mbps. That way they can claim HSDPA+ with minimal impact on their networks and backbones.

But the real bottom line is that these are all theoretical maximums. Unless you are close to a tower and in the open *and* you're one of only a handful of people accessing that tower then you should not expect to get anywhere near these theoretical maximum data rates.

RE: ha
By omnicronx on 1/14/2011 10:45:01 AM , Rating: 2
No, the iPhone4 an HSPA device with HSUPA support for faster upload speeds over previous iPhones.

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