This is going to be fun. The new T-Mobile decided to take off the gloves and promote their HSPA+ network as America’s largest 4G network and now all the other carriers are going to have a fit. We predicted T-Mobile was going to call the other carrier’s 4G bluff and part of me thinks they were looking to start a fight (to bring attention to the faster speeds of their network).
If any of the other carriers want to get really technical and gripe about HSPA+ being true 4G technology, then T-Mobile is going to counter with the International Telecommunications Union press release which states that no current wireless technology which is being adopted by any carrier meets the actual “4G” definition.
Our friends from IntoMobile interviewed Reid Walker, VP of Corporate Communications for T-Mobile and he explained their reasoning. “The market has determined what 4G is, and customers aren’t concerned with what the ITU decides or the technology behind it. Customers have come to expect faster speeds and a better overall experience .”
Sprint was the first carrier to take the bait and already offered a response to T-Mobile’s move posted at FierceWireless. Matt Carter, Sprint 4G President, issued the statement, “Halloween is over, it’s time for T-Mobile to stop dressing up like their favorite super hero – Sprint 4G.”
Now I wonder – If T-Mobile says the G2 and myTouch 4G offer “4G speeds” at 14.4 Mbps, does that mean AT&T can do the same with their HSPA+ upgrade that will also run at 14.4 Mbps? If that’s the case then every carrier could offer a “4G” Android phone this holiday season, except for Verizon. Oh the irony.