CTIA WIRELESS Coming off what was quite the weekend for T-Mobile USA, the carrier is using some of its newfound attention to showcase new 4G products and upgrades to its wireless network.
T-Mobile is kicking off the CTIA Wireless show in Orlando with the debut of the T-Mobile G2x with Google, a new smartphone that the carrier says is built for speed and mobile entertainment.” Its one of 25 4G-capable devices that the carrier plans to introduce this year, including phones, tablets and other mobile broadband products. The G2x is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, has a 4-inch capacitive touch screen display and is preloaded with video games. It runs on Android 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 Qik.
The company is also introducing the T-Mobile 4G Hotspot, which allows you to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the carriers network. And last but not least in the device category is T-Mobiles second tablet, the G-Slate with Google by LG. It runs on the brand-new Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), sports an 8.9-inch display and has the ability to record 3D and full HD video.
All of the devices mentioned above are slated to be released later this spring.
T-Mobile also announced that customers in New York, Las Vegas and Orlando will be the first to experience potential download speeds of 42Mbps. Those are the first markets where T-Mobile is doubling the speed of its 4G network. Chicago, Long Island, N.Y., and northern New Jersey will be next. By mid-2011, the company expects 140 million Americans in 25 markets will have access to the increased 4G speeds.
On Sunday, AT&T announced that it plans to buy T-Mobile USA for $39 billion; the combined company would be the largest wireless provider in the U.S. in terms of subscriber numbers. The deal must still get regulatory approval, which could take up to a year.