T-Mobile has been hugely short of good Android phones in comparison to the other carriers in the US. There are not many companies that have trusted the carrier for their mobile phones (and of course they have reasons good enough for doing that). But, all that is going to become history and that too very soon for the carrier is going to get two really great smartphones pretty soon including - the recently leaked G2 and the now leaking HTC Glacier. The reports say that one of the two monsters carrying the T-Mobile tag has filed for a clearance at the FCC (or The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government, working towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security, and modernizing the FCC).
The model code that has been reported is the HTC PC 10100 and it carries the support for AWS 3G which is the frequency pair T-Mobile USA uses -- along with 802.11n WiFi. The filing also carries the support for HSPA+ technology which was indeed something that was expected out of the G2. Given that the G2 seems closer to retail than the Glacier, it is expected to be the G2 more than the Glacier. Here is what T-Mobile had to say while introducing the G2:
“The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network.” says T-Mobile. Clearly, the company wants to promote the new network with the help of the G2 as the first 4G network for the States and hence it will be foolishness to expect the Glacier running for the FCC approval. But it should also be kept in mind that probably the Glacier from HTC shall be better suited to the network speeds than the G2 and if they want self-promotion of the network it will probably be wise on their part to release the Glacier in the near future (by that we mean the end of this year) and not delay it till the first quarter of the next year. So, guys on a Verizon network you should be expecting the new phones pretty soon especially the G2.
Currently, Sprint’s EVO 4G is the only phone capable of running at 4G speeds, but it’s important to keep in mind that 4G is still fairly limited in terms of geographic reach. AT&T and Verizon are making upgrades to their networks to debut 4G service. The initials HSPA often refers to High Speed Packet Access - a family of mobile broadband technologies comprising HSDPA, HSUPA and HSPA+. HSPA+ provides HSPA data rates up to 56 Mbit/s on the downlink and 22 Mbit/s on the uplink.
We promise to keep our eyes and ears open to any movement of the companies on this topic and will keep you updated on the same. Meanwhile, you can let us know of your views about Verizon’s move to introduce a new network and then launch two high end Android phones running on it, in the comments section below.
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