At CES2012 T-Mobile outlined plans to continue expansion on “America’s Largest 4G Network” along with new devices, rate plans and services. They spoke of two new devices, the first(the 2nd we don’t care about *cough* WP7 *cough*) is the announcement of a new Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G.
I have no idea where they come up with these names, but it looks nice on the spec sheet. A Qualcomm S3 dual-core CPU clocked at 1.5ghz which i guess, makes this thing BLAZE-ingly fast? It must be enough as T-Mobile claims it to be one of their fastest 4G smartphones using their HSPA+ network which tops out at 42mbps. Rather than give us an ETA, they claim it will be released “later this year.” There is a quote involving Sherlock that comes to mind…
While the discussion was focused on “America’s Largest 4G Network”, they also spoke about a few other things like a new “Bobsled Messaging” service which is now available on the Android Market. Read more below
· Bobsled Messaging: T-Mobile announced expanded messaging and enhanced calling functionality for its Bobsled by T-Mobile service, providing consumers with communications for free across devices, countries, social network and mobile carriers. Bobsled Messaging is available starting today via the Android Market. Additional information can be found in the Bobsled Messaging press release.
· T-Mobile’s Expanding 4G Device Portfolio: T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G and celebrated the January 11th retail availability of the 4G-capable Nokia Lumia 710.
· T-Mobile’s 4G Network expansion: T-Mobile doubled the speed of its 4G network in 12 additional markets, offering faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) to 184 million Americans in 175 markets. In addition, the company expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to nine additional markets, now covering 217 markets across the country.
· Results of T-Mobile’s Consumer Survey: Recently, T-Mobile conducted an Omnibus survey with Harris Interactive that confirms 4G connections and affordability are key features consumers are looking for when they shop for mobile devices. Check out this blog post for additional highlights from the study.