Jan 20 AT 10:47 AM Taylor Wimberly 46 Comments

New T-Mobile CEO confirms Galaxy S 4G and Sidekick 4G coming soon

Today T-Mobile held an event featuring new CEO Philipp Humm and Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann where they discussed their strategy for 2011. For starters, they confirmed two new 4G phones that have been widely rumored. Both the Samsung Galaxy S 4G (Vibrant 4G) and Sidekick 4G should be arriving on T-Mobile in the first half of this year.

The two new phones will join the LG G-Slate tablet, the Dell Streak 7, and a new USB modem that will take advantage of T-Mobile’s upcoming 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. We should see the first 4G handset to take advantage of the faster 42 Mbps speeds in the second half of the year and HSPA+ will remain T-Mobile’s 4G technology of choice until they adopt LTE in 2013.

T-Mobile also revealed they have their cross-hairs on Sprint and want to become the number three operator in the United States. At around 34 million subscribers, T-Mobile still has a ways to go if they want to catch up to Sprint’s 48 million customers. For the first quarter of this year, T-Mobile will spend more on marketing than ever before and hopes to attract more small business customers.

We love T-Mobile and wish them the best, but adding 14 million customers this year sounds nearly impossible. What do you think T-Mobile should do to attract new customers and catch up with Sprint?

Via: TmoNews

Source: PCMag

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  • http://Website Not Impressed

    Yes. The “Sidekick 4G” is coming but it won’t run on Android or whatever you’re dreaming up. It just won’t happen. Sidekick is owned in part by Microsoft (see Danger Inc). It’s like saying that the next WIN 7 PHONE will run on iOS.

    • http://Website dagamer34

      I’m pretty sure Microsoft didn’t get the name “Sidekick” when they bought danger as the brand hasn’t been used anywhere else besides T-Mobile in the US.

      • http://asurroca.com Alfonso Surroca

        Yeah, I believe Sidekick is T-Mobile’s brand name. Danger made the software, Sharp (and Motorola that one time) built the hardware, T-Mobile provided the service, brand, marketing, etc.

    • http://Website Nathan

      WRONG.

      Firstly, it’s already confirmed to be android.

      Now the reasoning, Microsoft bought Danger and the HipTop OS. Sidekick is a brand name owned by T-Mobile alone. No one else owns that name.

      Therefor t-mobile can do whatever the hell they want with the brand name. And every sidekick (with one exception) was made by sharp, who again, is not owned by microsoft.

      Microsoft bought Danger and had them make the Kin One and Two devices for verzion. they failed and danger either got dissolved or merged into the WP7 team.

      Anyway, the point is that the Sidekick 4G will be an android device from a currently unknown manufacture. At this point it could be anyone, sharp, motorola, htc, lg, samsung (please god no).

      • http://Website Kevin

        I agree! I hope they didn’t give this to samsung what I’m really hoping for is HTC to have made it but if not Sharp will do because I had to 2008 sidekick and it was amazing for a non android phone

        • Nathan

          tmonews just posted a pic, and it looks like the epic4g. i really hope it’s either a fake pic, a mock up, or just happens to look like it because the last thing we need is another samsung touchwiz disaster phone.

        • http://asurroca.com Alfonso Surroca

          I really hope HTC builds this phone, and I’d say they’ve earned it. Let’s face it, the G1/G2 have been the real successors to the Sidekick line (I’m still surprised T-Mobile didn’t brand them as Sidekicks). HTC builds fantastic phones, and the G1 and G2 have been two of my favorite HTC devices. HTC or bust!

          • http://Website lazycoder9000

            Completely agree. HTC or bust. I currently have a Samsung Vibrant and the previous gen. T-Mobile G1. I really enjoyed the G1, and it’s a great product; everything still works perfectly, and even though I was worried about the hinge/slider mechanism getting wobbly after a while of owning the device, it never got a single big annoying at all, just a tiny bit loose, but that’s totally expected after 2 years. Basically it’s a solid product (except for it’s internal memory and RAM limitations.)
            Now I have the Samsung Vibrant. The hardware is powerful, it doesn’t feel cheap, it feels sturdy, the screen is brilliant, but the software is terrible. Software support from Samsung is obviously horrible, as is the ability to do anything radical software-wise with the device: There’s no CyanogenMod officially for the Vibrant (though the Galaxy S GT-I9000 CM beta is as good as you would expect, and it does work on the Vibrant along with a custom Vibrant-based kernel by eugene373). Well, it is great that we can convert our internal filesystem to whatever we want (from Samsung’s bull shit RFS to EXT4, which is the Voodoo lagfix). Ok, maybe the software side of the Vibrant is not bad. Actually now that I think about it it’s pretty good. But it’s pretty different from the traditional Android hardware. Instead of the usual fastboot, you have to use Samsung’s proprietary, Windows-only tool called Odin (which they do not publicly host, but was leaked).
            Many things have to be leaked from Samsung in order for their products to be enjoyed by hackers. From Odin tool, to all the leaked Froyo builds for the Vibrant. Imagine how much shit we would be in of Odin was never leaked?
            Ok this is getting too long. To finish this, I’ll leave a big piece of advise: NEVER buy Samsung mobiles, EVER. You WILL be pissed about your purchase when the competition is ahead of you with both better community AND manufacturer software support.

    • http://www.phandroid.com Quentyn Kennemer

      “we will launch as new the Samsung Galaxy S 4G…and coming soon, will also be a Sidekick 4G. Everybody knows the Sidekick, and we’re going to relaunch the Sidekick and bring it as a 4G device, Android based, into the market.”

    • http://Website UniqueNate

      Did you not read the other articles confirming this as well? Already said to have Android 2.3.

      • http://Website Not Impressed

        I wouldn’t trust this site with my life. They have a reputation for spreading wild rumors that eventually turn up to dead ends. Let’s wait and see…

        • http://Website Greg

          ATTN: Retard
          It’s been confirmed. Get over yourself.

        • http://Website Ur A DILL

          Stay away then. and send me a pic of you crying when it comes out!

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    • http://Website pyrosnake

      The Sidekick brand is T-Mobile owned… Microsoft only owns the software technology behind the device (Cloud) and Danger owns the design license (But Sharp has the design copy rights, that’s why the switch to HTC and finally to Samsung) , thus the change to Android as OS. What would you expect to do after the collapse of the Microsoft servers (and other things…)?, With all due respect, if you want to rant, first get your self informed…

  • http://Website Billlll

    T-Mo has always had good customer service, and in the NYC area their data speeds have been great and their voice has been pretty good. Really what they need to do is line up some better phones. The Samsung issue is going to hurt them with existing customers and continue to generate bad press for them. If they can really distance themselves from being Samsung reliant and get some more high end phones to go with their great price plans and high speed network, they could win over new subscribers.

    They really need to do something to keep the existing Galaxy users happy. Maybe a special trade in offer for Galaxy S and even Behold 2 owners.

    • http://Website Disneydad

      Samsung reliant? They are HTC’s largest account. They have 6 HTC smart phones ,off of the top of my head, for sale right now. They have ONE Samsung smart phone, the Vibrant.
      While I don’t like Samsung wanting to sell another device so similar to one released a few months back it’s not as if everyone owns a Vibrant. Also, don’t forget, Samsung released the Galaxy S on EVERY carrier. While Samsung has been slow to update and overcome their reputation for OS updates, let’s give it a little longer.

  • http://Website Tim

    The Galaxy S phone intersts me a little but I like with the Nexus One that at least I know sometime I’ll get the update. The Nexus S is nice but I don’t like the no micro-sd card. We’ll see what else comes out this year maybe.

  • http://Website billbob

    This Guy looks like a d0uche. I would hate to own a vibrant, then they come out with a 4G froyo version. I hate being on AT&T also. Lack of android phones. but new ones coming. I want sprint or Verizon badly.

  • http://Website Brian

    How can t-mobile accomplish raising 14,000,000 more customers to beat sprint? First, they could just simply by sprint. I’m sure that will not happen, so will stick to more plausible ideas.

    Adopt sprint type data plans as well as phones. 79.99 unlimited everything is very good to me. I have an old t-mobile plan with my faves still on it, I still pay more than if I was to switch to sprint. Secondly they good just become better at customer service, and supply better phones. They could take a cue from verizon. Increasing their phone selection would be very nice, especially if they could hit the small niche markets with specialty smartphones. I’m just a common person. I’m no big time business executive.

    • ayocuz

      I think you meant to type buy instead of by. Its cool thou we know what you saying

    • http://Website William Gates, Redmond

      If Sprint loses 14mio customers, then T-Mo does not have to raise anything.Even when Sprint loses 7, they only have to raise 7…

      Imho, there is no reason to gun for no 3 spot, because Sprint is no 3 and they are dog turd. Just stay at 4th.

  • http://Website Ichigo

    Only Billlll said something smart.

  • http://Website Garry

    Say no to samsung. I don’t care if they build a phone that fixes the worldwide economy, I wouldn’t buy any thing they make.

  • http://Website E

    Simple t mobile better fones dats all I never once had a problem with u guys but ur fones suck dats y I lef da g1 for an evo get rid of samsung lol

  • http://Website beto

    Samsuck no way!!!!!!
    Good luck to the new costumers

  • http://Website gfam

    Sprint updates their phones better than T-Mobile. Until T-Mobile can do better they won’t rise past anyone, they will probably fall to number 5!

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  • http://Website Miguel

    Does Sprint have 48 Million post-paid customers? Of does this include their Boost pre-paid product, and Virgin Mobile which uses Sprint 3G network?

    Honestly, I don’t think any of the 4 major carriers are going to be adding customers, except maybe Verizon because of the iPhone. AT&T will bleed iPhone subscribers to Verizon. Sprint & T-Mobile will continue to loose customers to Metro PCS and Virgin Mobile.

    Yesterday I looked at my bill and noticed how few mobile-to-mobile calls I actually had. Many of my clients, friends, and family have switched over to MetroPCS or Virgin mobile because the plans are so attractive. These people used to all be T-Mobile customers, because of the low cost, or Sprint because of the lesser-credit requirements with a deposit.

    T-Mobile needs to step up their game in the no-contract plan department or they are going to loose a lot more customers. Plus they need more unique plans and better smartphones.

    • http://Website Drunk by San Miguel

      fake story

  • http://Website kj

    Wow 14 million they better start hyping that tablet with some commercials similar to ipad commercials

  • ayocuz

    T mobile needs better high end phones. Bottom line. Nobody likes samsung flat out.

  • http://Website Droidwolf

    Build more cell towers to reach the people. I would just like to be able to use my phone at my house. Right now its wifi or nothing in my town of lanesville indiana. Message sent on mytouch 4g over wifi.

  • http://Website Josh

    With the changes Sprint has been making lately, it might not take much work. My wife and I are already planning to switch to T-Mobile later this year.

  • uzunoff

    The people that switch carriers are smart phone enthusiasts. And lets face it T-mo is not exactly offering the best out there. They haven’t had a ground breaking phone that will make people switch since the Nexus One.
    Their top of the line phones are Mytouch 4G, Nexus S, and the Vibrant 4G (whenever that one comes out).
    They need more phones like the Evo or the AT&T’s Atrix, that one would really make you switch, isn’t that right Taylor.
    I think T-mo needs to release a good 4G HTC phone with stock android. To make it future prove with NFC chip and FF camera. But without the extra weight of a keyboard like the G2.
    Its funny how quickly that one lost relevance. You really can’t compare it to the Evo.

  • http://Website Richard

    As far as there desire to have there CROSS HAIRS ON SPRINT ”THEY NEED TO FOCUS ON THERE SMARTPHONE LINE UP AND NETWORK… Sprint is number 3 and will always be number 3…. THEY HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT WHEN IT COMES TO TMOBILE…. Sprint has the HTC EVO 4G FAMILY OF DEVICES ON THERE NETWORK. And sprint has the NEW HTC EVO 2 4G arriving in June 2011 which will be announced at CTIA IN MARCH 2011 ”SO THAT IS BIG”’ TMOBILE HAS NO DEVICE THAT COMPARES TO THE HTC EVO 4G…. NO NOT THE MYTOUCH 4G OR THE G2… THEY DON’T EVEN BEAT THE NEWLY RELEASED HTC EVO SHIFT 4G…. Plus sprint has the PLAYBOOK FROM RIM WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS IN FEBRUARY WHICH WILL BE 4G… PLUS THERE FEBRUARY 7TH ANNOUCEMENT… SPRINT IS THE CARRIER TO BE WITH… They are the GRANDDADDY OF 4G AND THE HTC EVO 4G IS THE GRANDDADDY OF 4G ANDROID DEVICES TO THIS DAY…… THE DEVICE THAT STARTED IT ALL CAME FROM SPRINT….. They will always be THE BEST AND HAVE THE BEST HTC DEVICES… EVERYONE IS COPYING THE HTC EVO 4G FORM FACTOR LOOK AROUND YOU…. THE HTC EVO 4G STARTED ALL OF THIS…. THE GRANDDADDY OF 4G DEVICES

    • http://Website Richard’s mom

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  • http://Website Lex

    As for tmobile gaining customers, they have lower prices (post paid) that will always attract more customers. I think the biggest hurdle will be keeping current customers. T-mo made a bad move lowering their data cap. What’s the draw of 4g worth if I can’t enjoy it. Especially after seeing the Atrix in action!

  • http://Website Ramayana

    I’ve been a T-Mobile customer for 8 years and while I’ve been tempted to leave for another network a couple of times, one thing has always kept me loyal: their plans are simply the best value. T-Mo also offers loyalty plans to customers (after 2 or 3 years I believe) that I have yet to hear of a comparable offer from other carriers. I’ve travelled about enough and never had issues with calls or network connectivity either. All of this makes for a solid customer base that’s unlikely to bleed away heavily anytime soon.

    There are three things that T-Mobile ought to do that would go a long ways towards making them number 3 (possibly even # 2):

    1) As correctly mentioned in previous comments, T-Mo needs to put a top priority on both the selection and quality of phones. They’ve got some good choices now, but they could easily fall way behind again as the next wave of phones hit the market this year. They also need to ramp up the pushing of updates to existing models. It also wouldn’t hurt to kick Motorola to the curb. Moto has released some great phones on other networks, particularly Verizon, but every smart phone that’s shown up on T-Mo has been a huge disappointment. Especially the CLIQ.

    2) T-Mo needs to keep their current focus on growing their data network and even push harder. This means both in speed and in capacity. The demand is only going to increase, and the winners of the race are going to be the ones who can meet or better yet exceed expectations.

    3) T-Mo could really change the whole game with one gutsy (albeit unlikely) move. Come out for device/software openness and net-neutrality – both in principle and in practice. If T-Mo were to buck the carrier trend of mobile phone micro-management, it would attract a very substantial crowd of never dreamed of customers. I think this would completely overcome loss of revenue from ditching the various ways carriers nip and tuck services to increase profits. Forget about tiered wireless access to the internet or charging for wireless tethering. The future of the internet is in wireless connectivity (everywhere), and the mobile phone carriers are the ones in a position to morph from simple cell phone companies into the ISP’s of the near future. Coming out for [early] Google-style openness would not only set them apart, but draw an immense untapped wealth and loyalty of tech lovers everywhere. Most of whom, as it stands now, are spread amongst the various phone carriers nestled to only their Android phones (or God forbid, iPhones). Why let Apple be the only company with a cult-like following? Here’s your chance to attract devotees in droves T-Mobile.

    • http://Website Raptor

      Ramayana, kudos to you, great suggestions.

      But you know what? The new Tmob CEO started acting exactly opposite way. Look how guy just came and restricted Tmo UK “fair use” to 500MB per month and our “unlimited web” fair use from 10GB to 5GB after which speeds are throttled.

      The guy is just a bureaucrat like many telco CEOs who have multi M salaries and options exceeding ones of many bank CEOs. He has no clue what you’re talking about. Apple and |Google (excluding may be Eric Schmidt) folks are of different league.

  • http://Website Sprint slave

    Gimme sausages, beer and prezels and im in for a new contract. T-mo needs moar beer!

  • http://Website 9

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  • http://Website Raptor

    As to Vibrant 4G – in a month-two users of this phone will feel like in last century plastic.

    It needs:
    - dual-core (put just two processors if Orion not ready yet, same way like in a PC, it’s 99% similar)
    - higher res non-pentile matrix ( SuperAMOPLED 2/Pro )
    - 4.5″ with same phone size (just look at it: TOO much bezel)
    - double the max brightness for day light use, it lags to ALL current cellphones
    - 2000 mAh battery. Or easily can be done 3000 at the cost of just 1 mm thickness
    - USB3
    - More and much faster internal NAND flash (it has now 12 MB/sec speed)
    - HDMI output instead of 50 years old video-out nonsense
    - Flash camera with HDR functions