So, the much vaunted T-Mobile G2 is finally here, as the successor to the successful G1 handset. The company has launched the phone officially, but surprisingly enough: the phones 4G connectivity — and not the hardware — is being presented as the USP.
But before you think that the Sprint Evo 4G will have new competitor, take a pause. T-Mobile has been using a subtle wordplay, by employing the words ‘4G speeds’ in its marketing campaign. So, the phone can reach 4G speeds, but is it actually 4G? Perhaps not!
Earlier this year AT&T had pointed out that despite the T-Mobile network being an upgraded 3G, it was being called 4G. Is this just a marketing goof up or is their really a huge difference between ‘4G speeds’ and actual 4G connectivity – this is what should be bothering you as an end-user.
T-Mobile G2 has 4G Network?
As per the International Telecommunications Union, there exists a lot of confusion between 3G and 4G, with most of being created by companies calling upgraded 3G networks as 4G. Moreover, a network, to be called 4G has to have at least 100mbps download speeds.
Amazingly, most companies which claim to have 4G networks are failing to meet this standard, chiefly because they are using some form of revamped 3G network. T-Mobile, for example, uses an HSPA+ network, which is faster than conventional 3G, but not akin to 4G.
Even Sprint using Wi-Max and Verizon and AT&T using LTE, are not using 4G, despite their ads proclaiming otherwise.
Right now, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ is marginally better than Sprint’s ‘4G’, in terms of both downloading and uploading, but both are still very much 3G. The fact is that building an own LTE or Wi-Max network, takes some load off the congested 3G network and allows carriers to achieve greater speed. T-Mobile is reportedly working on one such deal with Clearwire.
You should also know that right now, most carriers (80%, to be precise) are still on 2G networks and fully operational 3G networks are still available in very few countries. Therefore it may be a while before you actually find a carrier offering authentic 4G connectivity. Sorry T-Mobile!