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T-Mobile Calling for Help with 4G Push

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May 5, 2010, 8:07 AM   by Philip Berne

The Financial Times is reporting that Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile USA, is looking into forming a partnership with a third-party high-speed network provider. Specifically, the New York hedge fund Harbinger Capital was named. Harbinger Capital owns wireless spectrum suitable for an LTE network. The group also announced plans for a 4G network that uses satellite technology to cover much more ground than ground radios. T-Mobile is reportedly exploring a wholesale networking deal to buy coverage from Harbinger, and this will be Harbinger's preferred way of doing business, says FT. Until the network rolls out, T-Mobile is hoping its current 3G network will satisfy customers for at least the next two years.

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Sikety

May 5, 2010, 2:33 PM

Average Consumers Dont Care!!

The average customer is not going to care that 4g is not available for 2 years exspecially if they have HSPA+ across their intire 3g footprint which is pretty much the same size as ATTs now. Plus I dont think they care because 99% of people dont even know what 3g/4g means, everyone that reads this site just happens to fall into that remaining 1%. Most customers just want to have a cool device at a good price so as long as they can improve their handset lineup and get some good exclusive devices T-Mobile is going to do just fine.
good point we are almost all phone freaks Cool or customer care agent Wink
I once thought this as well. However, Sprint running their commercials has in fact, piqued interest among more and more people. I am just a subscriber in the wireless industry. But, many of my friends and colleagues understand my passion for phones an...
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Sikety said:
The average customer is not going to care that 4g is not available for 2 years exspecially if they have HSPA+ across their intire 3g footprint which is pretty much the same size as ATTs now. Plus I dont think they car
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Globhead

May 5, 2010, 5:39 PM

It's like selling laundry detergent

The average customer WOULDN'T care if they actually did a rational evaluation and realized that they have no need for anything more than 3g (or maybe just EDGE).

But so many people either forget, or never bother to learn, what their phones already do. No matter what they already have, the average idiot sees a TV commercial advertising faster phones or whiter shirts, and they think it's some kind of revolution.

I don't even use 3g. I buy unbranded phones because I don't like carrier sabotage, and hardly any of those work with US 3g networks. I briefly had a Sony T717 for T-Mobile, and the 3g speed was nice for video downloads but made almost no difference for normal web browsing with Opera. I returned it because T-Mobile basically r...
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You are right.
I don't use 3G either. It is the fool that walks around with the I-diot phone, or Smart-ass phone doing their best to look self important and either impress their friends(if they have any) or just like pushing touchscreens all day.
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joocee102

May 5, 2010, 11:57 AM

Better late then never-nu uh Early bird catches the worm

I'm currently with T-mobile, and is sad to see them just now talking about 4G. Remember, T-Mobil is just talking about 4G, and nothing is factually in the works. By the time T-Mobile get's 4G, everybody would have moved on to 6G. Its for the lack of internet quality that I'm leaving T-Mobile for Sprint-Wi-Max. The only thing that can save T-Mobile is if they go full bull into producing a 4G system nationwide before the end of this summer. If T-mobile were to do this accompanied by a slash in rates and plans their 1qt profits for next year will more than quadruple.
I always said that tmobile should have went ahead and skipped 3g. They should have went on to build their 4g network instead of wasting money and spectrum on 3g. They are about 6 behind. They could have been the first carrier to release 4g in the US.
Well, they better wave their magic wand for you! Seriously, by this summer? And you are actually praising Sprint's WiMax? That's available in 4 cities and is NOT going to be the 4G standard that the rest of the planet adopts? Why?

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gringo.mexican112

May 5, 2010, 2:13 PM

in 2 years??!!

Laughing haha in 2 years sprint will have evo 3rd generation and 4G in all USA!!

well i made that up but in 2 years a lot will happen in sprint Razz
gringo.mexican112 said:
Laughing haha in 2 years sprint will have evo 3rd generation and 4G in all USA!!

well i made that up but in 2 years a lot will happen in sprint Razz


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gringo.mexican112 said:
Laughing haha in 2 years sprint will have evo 3rd generation and 4G in all USA!!

well i made that up but in 2 years a lot will happen in sprint Razz


Yadda, yadda, yadda--like we all can't liv...
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KNOWSmuch

May 6, 2010, 1:44 PM

You understand we are talking about speeds right?

I hope everyone knows that the "G" in front of the number means "Generation" and its mostly about the speed of data transfer. If you need your handheld to transfer any data faster than 10mbps (and you're not going to see that on a handheld), you have issues. If you have a laptop, note/netbook, then you might need it up to 20mbps. I have FIOS at my house running at 20mbps and its plenty fast to do anything I want. The reason that T-Mobile is continuing to rollout the HSPA+ is because its backwards compatable and you dont have to pay extra per month or buy new 3G handsets. HSPA+ is capable of throughput to 21mbps! Do you really need to go faster then that on your phone or laptop?
Kayslay34

May 5, 2010, 10:08 AM

SAD SAD SAD

Its sad to see a good company fall behind so far.
3G in general will be around for awhile. But yes, This could hurt them if not brought into the 4G game soon. ATT will be able to get away with it for a longer time due to their size.
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