T-Mobile customers might have the prettiest spokeswoman of any U.S. carrier (Hi there Carly Foulkes!), but it's the last network to get real 4G LTE. With AT&T's failed buyout of T-Mobile behind it, the telecom is now focusing its efforts on building out a 4G LTE network. Too bad it won't come until 2013.
If you ask me, it seems wireless carriers have been happy to confuse the hell out of consumers with all their 4G shenanigans.
Sprint was the first to announce that its WiMax was 4G. Then AT&T and T-Mobile both started marketing HSPA+ as 4G. The truth is, none of those are really 4G. Verizon is the only one who started 4G truthfully — with LTE.
It's true, 4G LTE is still a battery-sucking leech for smartphones and tablets, but it's actually getting better. Samsung's Galaxy Note runs on AT&T's 4G LTE network and it lasts nearly two days, whereas other 4G LTE smartphones die in half a day.
And with Apple expected to ship iPad 3's with 4G LTE for reals this year, T-Mobile's best option to prevent it from becoming obsolete is to roll with the 4G LTE crew. After all, T-Mobile is blaming their shortcomings on not having the iPhone 4S.
4G LTE would allow future 4G LTE-enabled iPhones to work on any network. Currently, unlocked iPhones can be used on T-Mobile, but they're stuck with 2G speeds because T-Mobile's 3G and 4G spectrum require completely different antennas.
Welcome to 2011 T-Mobile. I wouldn't be surprised if when 2013 comes around, the carriers will be marketing for 5G speeds.
Via PC Mag