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HTC and Samsung 4G Android Phones are introduced by T-Mobile

T-Mobile USA announced the forthcoming availability of two new 4G phones at the GigaOM Mobilize conference on Monday.
Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer for the company, revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S II and the HTC Amaze 4G soon will be available on T-Mobile’s 4G network, which is based on HPSA+ 42 technology. He said users of the two smartphones could expect download speeds of 8 Mbps on average and 20 Mbps peak.
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New Android phone Announced by T-Mobile

Today, T-Mobile has announced new Android Phone as myTouch Android Phone. This latest Android phone is having HSPA functionality.
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T-Mobile G2 is official – First HSPA+ phone, Android 2.2

Well, it’s not that surprising, but T-Mobile officially announced the G2 Android phone and this baby rocks HSPA+ speeds.

The device, of course, is the followup to the world’s first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1. It will launch with Android 2.2 and from the looks of the press release, it appears that it will be stock Android (Like the original, HTC makes the T-Mobile G2).

The T-Mobile G2 is Google to the gills, as it will come with Quick Keys to Google services like Google Voice Actions, Google Maps and other software from the search giant.

Perhaps more importantly, this is the first device that can access the T-Mobile HSPA+ 3G network. T-Mobile was a joke in mobile data services a few years ago but its HSPA+ 3G network is nothing to sneeze at – this offers 21 Mbps (that’s theoretical, look for about 14 Mbps or so in optimal conditions with the T-Mobile G2).

As expected, the T-Mobile G2 will come with the Snapdragon MSM7230 mobile processor with a 800 MHz CPU. I know devices like the Sprint EVO 4G and the Droid X have seemingly made a 1 GHz processor seem like the standard but numbers aren’t everything, as we’ll be curious to see how a stock version of the Android 2.2 runs on some optimized hardware.

Look for a 3.7-inch display but there’s no concrete word if it’s AMOLED or Sony’s Super LCD. It will also have a 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p HD video, a pre-installed 8 GB memory with support for up to 32 GB, GPS, Bluetooth and all the goodies you expect from a device of this class.

“One of the advantages of an open platform is the opportunity for developers to create rich mobile experiences and seamlessly get those experiences into the hands of consumers,” said Andy Rubin, vice president, engineering, Google, in a prepared statement. “From new services, such as Voice Actions, to mobile applications, developer-led Android innovation is flourishing. On Android Market alone, the number of applications available to consumers has grown from just 50 applications two years ago to more than 80,000 applications today.”

The T-Mobile G2 will be available for preorder to Magenta customers “later this month.” No word on pricing or release date but I’d bet on a $200 subsidized price with a new contract and a release date by late September.

With stellar Android devices like the EVO 4G, Droid X and the Samsung Galaxy lineup, our resident Android head Blake asked if the T-Mobile G2 can compete. What do you think, friends.

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T-Mobile G1 Blaze rumors begin to swirl

When you look at the high-end Android phones available today, you might notice that there are relatively few devices with sliding QWERTY keyboards.
Aside from the forthcoming Droid 2 and Samsung Epic 4G, there are no other devices with a 1GHz processor and a physical keyboard. However, there are rumors that HTC and T-Mobile will also have a device to add to the bunch.
The phone, according to rumors, is expected to arrive with a 1GHz processor, a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, and HTC Sense user interface. According to the rumors, it will also be HSPA+ capable, which means it will support T-Mobile’s fastest 3G technology. Adding fuel to the fire, the carrier recently wrote to its Twitter account to tell its followers that it will unveil its first HSPA+ smartphone later this summer.
According to an Engadget source, the phone could carry the name of G1 Blaze when it debuts, but it’s also been called the HTC Vision. To add to the confusion, a recently leaked T-Mobile road map shows a device the carrier calls the HTC Vanguard that it expects to launch in September, so I expect these to be one in the same. The fall launch would come right around the two-year anniversary of the original T-Mobile G1, so the G1 Blaze name also makes sense.
The rest of the phone’s hardware is unknown at this point, but I imagine we’re looking at it running Android version 2.1 or 2.2 with an 8-megapixel camera, a microSD card expansion, and the requisite support for Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. With T-Mobile busy building out its superfast data network, I’d love to see this phone show up with a front-facing camera.

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RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8120 PDA Phone

T-Mobile isn’t the first U.S. carrier to offer the Wi-Fi-equipped BlackBerry Pearl 8120 (AT&T Wireless launched its 8120earlier this year), but T-Mobile’s version has a decidedly consumer spin. Thanks toT-Mobile’s innovative HotSpot@Home technology, this Pearl also lets you make VoIP calls over Wi-Fi.

The voice-over-Wi-Fi feature improves reception in locations where cell signals are weak, and in my tests the technology (called Unlicensed Mobile Access, or UMA) worked very well; the only visible indication that the phone was not using T-Mobile’s cellular network for calls was the Wi-Fi network’s SSID on the screen. Clearly, if you’re within hotspot range, Wi-Fi speeds up Web browsing and data-intensive tasks, too. However, using Wi-Fi for voice calls requires T-Mobile’s $10-a-month HotSpot@Home Talk Forever Mobile service, an add-on that is not available for the carrier’s least-expensive plans.

I found the T-Mobile 8120 ($200 with a two-year contract) less handsome than the AT&T version, in part because of its mousy-grey case; the icons in the BlackBerry menu looked cartoonish, as well. The cluttered interface is mostly a result of all the software T-Mobile loads on the device (AT&T’s applications folder on its Pearl makes things cleaner). Instead of this interface, MyFaves subscribers can go for tiny images of their MyFaves buddies (five people that you can spend unlimited time talking to).

On the other hand, I liked the software itself, which included a voice-command application that worked very well for dialing contacts; a couple of games; and RepliGo software for viewing, printing and faxing Microsoft Office documents. And all the features I appreciated in the AT&T 8120–the sharp 2.0-megapixel camera, the excellent multimedia player, and the SureType predictive text-entry system for typing on a 20-key keyboard–remained impressive. (SureType is something you should try out for yourself, however;some of my colleagues don’t like   SureTypeas much as I do).

Both voice quality and talk-time battery life were excellent: The T-Mobile 8120 lasted 10 hours in our lab tests, the maximum amount of time we test.

Looks are a big reason for buying a Pearl, so I’d like to see T-Mobile offer a snappier-colored case. The user interface should be neater, as well. But with its quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Wi-Fi support, T-Mobile’s 8120 remains an intriguing option for people who want a small phone with the ability to pick up data speed when Wi-Fi is handy.

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RIM BlackBerry 8820 (T-Mobile) PDA/Cell Phone

I liked the BlackBerry 8820 for the AT&T network when it debuted last fall. I also liked T-Mobile’s HotSpot@Home service when I tested it on the BlackBerry Curve 8320, because it allows you to make voice calls over Wi-Fi. So it stands to reason that I would like the T-Mobile version of the BlackBerry 8820, which includes support for the HotSpot@Home service. And I do.

Though it looks almost identical to the AT&T version, the T-Mobile version of the BlackBerry 8820 sports a very dark midnight blue casing, as opposed to the AT&T phone’s true black. T-Mobile’s 8820 includes support for UMA, so you can place calls over Wi-Fi networks as well as over GSM cellular networks. You can use the on-screen wizard to connect to any 802.11a/b/g wireless network; and when you’re in Wi-Fi range, the phone will use the available network to place your calls. Doing so requires the $10-per-month HotSpot@Home service, but it might save you money in the long term, since you won’t have to use the minutes on your monthly plan. It also allows you to make calls in areas where cellular coverage is spotty or unavailable.

T-Mobile sells its own routers, which are designed to prioritize voice traffic and conserve battery life. Two models–one manufactured by D-Link, and the other by Linksys–are priced at $50 each on T-Mobile’s Web site. I used my own Linksys router to test the service’s voice-over-Wi-Fi features, and found voice quality to be good–very similar to the voice quality I experienced when testing the Curve 8320 with a T-Mobile-branded router last year, in fact. You won’t mistake it for a landline call, but voice-over-Wi-Fi call quality was at least on a par with that of cellular networks. When you leave the range of a Wi-Fi network, the phone is supposed to hand the call off to an available cellular network automatically, but this feature was more problematic. Sometimes the transition went smoothly, but other times my calls were dropped.

Many of the phone’s features seem to have been designed primarily for business users. The 8820 supports Bluetooth 2.0, and (like all BlackBerry devices) it handles e-mail beautifully. It can support up to ten personal and business e-mail accounts. The full QWERTY keyboard is easy to type on, and the 320-by-240-pixel display is big and bright. Though the phone comes with built-in GPS, you need a $10-per-month subscription to TeleNav’s GPS Navigator   service (available through T-Mobile) to take advantage of this feature.

The 8820 includes a basic audio and video player, but it lacks a camera. Browsing the Web over an EDGE network or Wi-Fi connection is tolerable; however, the phone’s browser hampers the Web experience. Even though the connection speed is okay, the browser pales in comparison to some of today’s excellent mobile browsers, likethe iPhone’s Safari.

In our lab tests of the phone’s talk-time battery life, the 8820 was still running at the 10-hour mark–our test-time ceiling. We tested the battery life when connected via a cellular network only–not when using voice over Wi-Fi.

The 8820 is available from T-Mobile for $350 with a two-year contract. If you’re in the market for an excellent messaging phone that has strong business features, this one is worth considering.

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4 Will Be Smaller, Thinner, Bigger

You’ve surely heard the rumors about the new Sidekicks that are supposed to arrive later this year, but very little information about the Sidekick Gekko and Aspen have been released until now. That said, Financial Times had an opportunity to sit down with Danger’s CEO and Hank Nothaft happened to have a new Sidekick prototype in his pocket.

Nothaft didn’t say explicitly that he had either the Gekko or the Aspen, but he did say that this was a prototype of the next Sidekick handheld. In describing its dimension, he said this this new device will be thinner than its predecessors and it won’t be as wide. Despite the smaller footprint and thinner profile, they were still able to plunk in a larger keyboard.

It sounds like the Sidekick 4 will bring the best of all worlds, giving you a larger keyboard in a smaller form factor.

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T-Mobile and Nokia Collaborate on Mobile Services and Personal Social Networks

T-Mobile and Nokia (NYSE:NOK – News) today announced that they are collaborating to accelerate the availability of new Internet services and personal social communities on mobile devices.

By signing this collaboration agreement, T-Mobile and Nokia will be able to offer their European customers faster and easier access to all of T-Mobile’s web’n’walk Internet services as well as all to Nokia’s Ovi Internet services on a wide range of Nokia devices.

T-Mobile and Nokia will together drive the mobilization of social networks. The companies will partner to further enhance T-Mobile’s community-oriented MyFaves service, launched in October 2007 in Europe, empowered by the well-known Nokia user experience.

Widget cooperation is another focus area for the companies, where T-Mobile’s leading web’n’walk offering will provide an even richer user experience. T-Mobile’s web’n’walk offers customers an instant and customizable access to their most preferred Internet and messaging services.

For T-Mobile customers, Nokia will customize its devices to provide a dedicated suite of T-Mobile services which will be seamlessly integrated to Nokia devices. Similarly, T-Mobile customers can access Nokia’s Internet services, such as music, maps and games, through their Nokia device, which will offer T-Mobile customers a great opportunity to enjoy best-in-class Internet services.

In March T-Mobile and Nokia announced the exclusive Nokia 6650 device for T-Mobile which will be available in July in Europe. This collaboration is the next step in intensifying the good partnership between the companies.

“We are pleased about developing our long-lasting and successful cooperation with Nokia, which underlines our position as an innovation leader,” says Christopher Schlaffer, Group Product & Innovation Officer at Deutsche Telekom. “High-performance devices and our broadband mobile phone network are ideally suited for granting easy access to our T-Mobile Services like MyFaves, web’n’walk or Nokia-complementary service offerings (e.g. Maps or Games), providing our customers with an even wider range of mobile communication, information and entertainment services.”

“We are excited about further extending our good cooperation with T-Mobile by supporting them in their key propositions like My Faves and web’n’walk, and we see this as a perfect match with our Ovi services. Easy access to a wide variety of services will enhance the way people use their mobile devices and bring Web 2.0 experiences to life. We believe in providing consumers with choice regarding which Internet services they want to access from their mobile device,” said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia

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