The T-Mobile G2 Offers 4G Network? Or Just A Revamped 3G Network?

By Jay Shah | Cell Phones

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!

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(5) comments

Gerbil September 22, 2010

man it;s amazing how many of you guys get butthurt over marketing crap……

Matt September 11, 2010

Sorry T-Mobile? This will have the fastest browsing speeds of any phone out there if you’re in HSPA+ coverage, which I am.

ronak September 11, 2010

Yes, it is not a 4G connection. However is has been showed to be considerably faster then Sprints current 4G infrastructure. So yes, it is “4G speeds”. What else would you call it, it’s faster then another carriers 4G network, that’s all their is too it.

Janny September 11, 2010

The reason that T-Mobile is calling HSPA+ “4G Speeds” is because it’s the only way to really convey the difference to customers.

If you tried to explain to people that HSPA+ is an upgraded 3G infrastructure that has a theoretical max of 21Mbps, compared to the current HSDPA infrastructure that has a max of only 7.2 Mbps.
They will look at you like your speaking another language. The only thing customers want to know is, how much per month, How reliable is the network were I live and work, and How fast is the internet.

Gary September 11, 2010

Hey Jay,
Of course it’s not true 4G, but neither is what Sprint is offering currently. The speeds are faster on both, but the frequency hasn’t opened beyond the boundaries of 3G.

A speed increase is all I really need at this point. I never have issues with too many users clogging up the system like AT&T faced in NYC for awhile.

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