November 24, 2014

T-Mobile Commits to 4G Tablet in 2011

As we head into the new year and begin talking about all the wonderful smart phones and tablets in store for consumers.  With CES, Mobile World Congress, and CTIA kicking off 2011, we’re going to see plenty of announcements from the various handset makers and carriers.  One such carrier, T-Mobile, has committed to a 4G tablet in the coming year.  We just received an official statement from the provider.

T-Mobile is working closely with the majority of our OEM partners to deliver 4G products by integrating HSPA+ into roadmaps in 2011 as the dominant global standard.  Consumers will continue to see HSPA+ fuel future innovation in a variety of mobile consumer electronics from smartphones and tablets to emerging devices. T-Mobile will continue to be at the forefront of wireless innovation, delivering an aggressive 4G product lineup in 2011, including 4G tablets.”

We are going to go out on a limb here and guess the first one will be an HTC tablet running Android.  Based on the relationships between all parties involved, we’d be surprised if it was anything else.  Anyone holding off until they can get their hands on a tablet with HSPA+ support?

  • Matt J.

    HTC has done really well with its cell phones, but alas, that is no guarantee they will do as well with a tablet. But at least they had the sense to wait for Android 2.3, the first version Google actually recommends using for a tablet.

  • hazydave

    Since they’re just using 3G technology for their “4G” offering, T-Mobile has it much easier here. Evolved High-Speed Packet Access, eg, HSPA+ (3GPP release 7), began rollout in 2008. HSPA+ is just a tweak of HSPA — going from 16QAM to 64QAM modulation, and support of MIMO (multiple input, multiple output). It’s more or less like going from 802.11g to 802.11n… it’s an evolution of the 3G tech, not something new.

    And as well, HSPA+ only holds together for short distances, anyway. You’re probably going to fall back to 16QAM before you reach half-way to the cell edge. So it’s faster, but only if you’re near a cell.

    AT&T actually has more HSPA+ cells installed than T-Mobile, but they haven’t officially enabled HSPA+ yet, or offered any devices with HSPA+ support, though they will have Mobile Broadband dongles with HSPA+ (and maybe LTE) support available Real Soon Now. AT&T is not calling HSPA+ “4G”, they’re supporting LTE for 4G, starting next summer (or possibly early 2012, if this rollout is as timely as every other cellular industry rollout over the last few years). AT&T will still have lower performance-rate caps on their HSPA+ service than T-Mobile; whether that makes any practical difference, I don’t know.

    • Scmo

      @hazydave stop being a hater! Who has actual 4g network? No one. Sprints network isn’t real 4g, verizons new LTE lineup isn’t even real 4g so stop hating. Next year sometime tmobiles hspa+ will go from 21mbps to 42mbps theoretical in speeds where no other carrier can even come close. Potentially it’s supposed to have the capability to get near 89mbps theoretically so do you think people care if it’s really 4g or not? Unless you are stuck on stupid I think not. Cheapest prices and fastest download speeds with no overage charges come on you can’t be serious. ATT can’t keep up they haven’t got the fiber optic backhaul.

  • Mac

    If it doesn’t also do phone calls, they can keep it.