T-Mobiles future as a standalone company or as part of a massive merger with AT&T remains unknown as regulators try to sort through lawsuits and piles of information to determine if the merger benefits the public interest. In the meantime, the nations fourth-largest carrier wants to expand its smartphone repertoire only Apples having none of it when it comes to the industrys most iconic device, the iPhone.
Making no bones about it at todays GigaOm Mobilize conference in San Francisco, T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman told attendees that his company wants to carry the iPhone, but all of the control is with Apple. The ball really is in their court at this point,” he said.
Although theres been no official announcement from either Apple, all signs point to Sprint becoming the third major carrier to offer the iPhone when the latest generation of the device is announced likely in the next couple of weeks. That leaves T-Mobile out in the cold, as the only one of the big four AT&T and Verizon Wireless being the others not to have the iPhone among its smartphone offerings.
Of course, if AT&Ts $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile is approved, this becomes moot; but the lawsuits and other legal roadblocks put up in the way of the proposed agreement could mean months before a decision is made on T-Mobiles future.
To fill the void left by the lack of an iPhone, T-Mobile today announced release dates for the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G. Both smartphones will be available starting with an online pre-sale on Oct. 10. You can get the devices at T-Mobile stores and select retailers beginning Oct. 12.
The carrier says the two new phones are the first to take advantage of T-Mobiles faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) technology. Average download speeds are 8Mbps, peaking at 20Mbps.
The Galaxy S II is Samsungs fastest selling smartphone around the globe. Just today the Korea-based manufacturer announced that 10 million of the devices have been sold in less than six months of availability. It runs on Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread); has a 1.5GHz, dual-core processor; is NFC-enabled; has a 4.3-inch touchscreen; and a pair of cameras the rear-facing one is 8MP. The Galaxy S II will sell for $230 after a $50 mail-in rebate and commitment to a new, two-year service agreement. While making its debut in Europe and Asia last sprint, Sprint started selling the Galaxy S II earlier this month and AT&T will offer its version beginning Oct. 2. Verizon Wireless chose not to carry the device.
T-Mobile says the HTC Amaze features the most advanced camera experience of any smartphone. It has an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recorder, backside illuminated sensor, zero shutter lag and a dual LED flash plus many more advanced digital camera features. The Amaze runs on Android 2.3.4; has a 1.5GHz, dual-core processor; and a 4.3-inch qHD super LCD multi-touch display. It also has NFC capabilities that will allow the phone to make mobile payments in the future.
Purchase of either phone also requires signing up for a voice and data plan.
T-Mobile also introduced a new 4G mobile hotspot Monday. It allows up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to hook up to the carriers 4G (HSPA+ 42) network.