Jan 10 AT 8:47 PM Dustin Earley 32 Comments

T-Mobile doesn’t want to feel left out, announces Galaxy S Blaze 4G, network expansions


While Sprint, Verizon and AT&T have all announced and detailed several different handsets coming to their networks, T-Mobile has sat back and watched. Sure, Microsoft keeps talking up the Lumia 710, but details on that device have already been announced several times before. Finally, tonight, T-Mobile has detailed a new Samsung phone set to use their 42Mbps HSPA+ network. And it looks like a Galaxy S 4G variant.

It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on with the Galaxy S Blaze 4G, but we have some speculations after reading the press release. Usually, press releases are very well thought out. They use specific wording for a reason. While the Galaxy S Blaze is pegged as having a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 and access to T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+, those could just be stuffed inside a reworked Galaxy S 4G. It definitely looks different, but the multiple mentions of a “brilliant Super AMOLED touch screen” are the first sign.

No Super AMOLED Plus or HD, just a Super AMOLED. Then there’s the logo and absence of a “II” after that “S.” There’s nothing else said about the device, just that “additional details will be revealed closer to availability.” We’re still holding out hope that it could be an HD variant of the Galaxy S II, something like the Skyrocket HD, but we wouldn’t advise holding your breath.

In brighter T-Mobile related news, the company has doubled the speed of its 4G network in 12 additional markets, blanketing 184 million Americans in 175 markets with HSPA+ 42. They also brought HSPA+ 21 to nine additional markets, now covering 217 markets across the US.

Magenta was sure to mention that “the AT&T breakup concessions give T-Mobile valuable spectrum,” and “pending regulatory approval, a large package of AWS mobile spectrum in 128 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs), including 12 of the top 20 markets.”

To signup for more information on the Blaze 4G once it’s made available, visit the dedicated T-Mobile page now.

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T-Mobile Expands America’s Largest 4G Network
And Showcases 4G Experiences at 2012 CES

T-Mobile Unveils Samsung Galaxy S® Blazeâ„¢ 4G
and Launches New Bobsledâ„¢ Messaging Application
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Jan. 10, 2012 – Today, at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), T-Mobile USA executives, including CEO and President Philipp Humm, outlined the company’s ongoing efforts to drive consumer adoption of mobile data through the continued expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network®, rate plans that make mobile data more affordable, and new devices and services that take advantage of the company’s faster 4G network.

“Last year, T-Mobile made solid progress during uncertain times, doubling our 4G network speeds and launching 25 new 4G devices,” said Philipp Humm, CEO and President, T-Mobile USA. “We are here, in fighting shape, and we will compete aggressively to win and retain customers by delivering compelling 4G services – all at a great value.”

The company also announced the expansion of its 4G network; unveiled its next 4G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G; and demonstrated free, premium services built into smartphones and tablets that bring amazing 4G experiences to life for customers.

T-Mobile also announced an extension of its Bobsledâ„¢ by T-Mobile® platform, which launches today. The new IP-based group messaging application, Bobsled Messaging, is another example of T-Mobile bringing simple, affordable branded communication solutions to other platforms, beyond traditional wireless services, and to consumers who aren’t currently T-Mobile subscribers.

Strengthening America’s Largest 4G Network:
T-Mobile announced the company has doubled the speed of its 4G network in 12 additional markets, offering faster 4G (HSPA+ 42) to 184 million Americans in 175 markets. In addition, T-Mobile expanded the reach of its nationwide 4G (HSPA+ 21) network to nine additional markets, now covering 217 markets across the country and reaching more than 200 million people.
The AT&T breakup concessions give T-Mobile valuable spectrum. T-Mobile will receive, pending regulatory approval, a large package of AWS mobile spectrum in 128 Cellular Market Areas (CMAs), including 12 of the top 20 markets.

“Our 4G network is better than ever heading into 2012,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “HSPA+ will continue to deliver a competitive mobile broadband experience for our customers in the coming years as we evaluate our options for continued investment and evolution of our 4G network.”

Expanding T-Mobile’s 4G Device Portfolio with Two New 4G Smartphones:
T-Mobile continues to expand its 4G product portfolio, today announcing the upcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy S® Blazeâ„¢ 4G and celebrating the January 11th retail availability of the 4G-capable Nokia Lumia 710.

The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G will be the third smartphone to take advantage of 4G HSPA+ 42 technology running on America’s Largest 4G Networkâ„¢. Featuring a Qualcomm® Snapdragonâ„¢ S3 processor with 1.5 GHz dual CPUs, a brilliant Super AMOLEDâ„¢ touch screen and a variety of pre-loaded entertainment, the Galaxy S Blaze 4G provides fast access to the things consumers want most. The Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G is expected to be available later this year. Additional details will be revealed closer to availability. For more information, visit http://www.t-mobile.com/GalaxySBLAZE4G.

While Android powers the majority of T-Mobile smartphones, the company expects Windows Phone to also play an important role in its 2012 portfolio, beginning with the Nokia Lumia 710. The first Windows Phone from Nokia in the U.S., the Lumia 710 will be available starting tomorrow, Jan. 11, at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and retailers nationwide, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com.The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to cost $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. For more information, visit http://www.t-mobile.com/lumia.

Bringing Amazing Service Experiences to Life, Introducing Bobsled Messaging:
T-Mobile is making mobile data approachable, particularly for first-time smartphone users, by offering additional value, making it simple for customers to find, try, and buy compelling applications and services. T-Mobile estimates that customers purchasing a data plan get over $150 worth of free applications, content and services on select devices. T-Mobile customers can choose to use free apps or upgrade to a premium experience anytime. On many devices, customers can easily access this content out of the box directly through the Bonus Apps widget, or by accessing the T-Mobile Mall, our mobile digital storefront. T-Mobile TV, GameBase, MobileLife Album and MobileLife Family Organizer, Bonus Apps, Zinio, Google Music, among others, are part of the “freemium” experience.

“Our goal is to deliver amazing 4G experiences at a great price. We deliver these compelling and optimized 4G experiences by bringing together a fast network, smart devices and leading innovative applications and services,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, T-Mobile USA. “Our ‘freemium’ approach to applications, content and services provides our customers with a great out-of-the-box experience at a value unmatched by our leading competitors.”

T-Mobile has seen the rapid adoption of certain services, noting that adoption of its T-Mobile TV premium service has increased over 700% with T-Mobile customers using tablets twice as likely to upgrade from the free to paid service.

In addition to mobile applications, T-Mobile discussed its latest cloud-based services, promoting partner solutions and T-Mobile branded services that provide a seamless customer experience, regardless of where or how they’re connecting. T-Mobile demonstrated its enhanced MobileLife Album service that offers customers a way to automatically upload, backup and store for free on a private website the photos and videos they take on their smartphone or tablet.

At CES, T-Mobile announced expanded messaging and enhanced calling functionality for its Bobsledâ„¢ by T-Mobile® service, which provides consumers with effortless communication for free across devices, countries, social networks and mobile carriers. Available today through the Android Marketâ„¢, Bobsled Messaging is a free, all-in-one, cloud-based messaging application that allows users to send and receive free individual and group messages with friends and family from any Androidâ„¢-powered smartphone or tablet, and any web connected, browser-enabled device. Also starting today, T-Mobile enhanced its Bobsled Calling service enabling users to make free phone calls from their mobile (standard data rates apply) and WiFi-enabled devices including Android-powered smartphones and tablets as well as iPad®, iPhone® and iPod Touch® devices. For more information, please visit http://www.bobsled.com.

Note to media: During CES 2012, January 10-12, T-Mobile will showcase its newest devices and services in the T-Mobile Studio at the Venetian Conference Center, San Polo 3505.

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About T-Mobile USA:
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG (OTCQX: DTEGY). By the end of the third quarter of 2011, approximately 129 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group – 33.7 million by T-Mobile USA – all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS and additionally HSPA+ 21/HSPA+ 42. T-Mobile USA’s wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the current views of Deutsche Telekom management with respect to future events. These forward-looking statements may include statements with regard to the expected development of revenue, earnings, profits from operations, depreciation and amortization, cash flows and personnel-related measures. You should consider them with caution. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond Deutsche Telekom’s control. Among the factors that might influence our ability to achieve our objectives are the progress of our workforce reduction initiative and other cost-saving measures, and the impact of other significant strategic, labour or business initiatives, including acquisitions, dispositions and business combinations, and our network upgrade and expansion initiatives. In addition, stronger than expected competition, technological change, legal proceedings and regulatory developments, among other factors, may have a material adverse effect on our costs and revenue development. Further, the economic downturn in our markets, and changes in interest and currency exchange rates, may also have an impact on our business development and the availability of financing on favourable conditions. Changes to our expectations concerning future cash flows may lead to impairment write downs of assets carried at historical cost, which may materially affect our results at the group and operating segment levels. If these or other risks and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of these statements prove incorrect, our actual performance may materially differ from the performance expressed or implied by forward-looking statements. We can offer no assurance that our estimates or expectations will be achieved. Without prejudice to existing obligations under capital market law, we do not assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements to take new information or future events into account or otherwise.

In addition to figures prepared in accordance with IFRS, Deutsche Telekom also presents non-GAAP financial performance measures, including, among others, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted EBIT, adjusted net income, free cash flow, gross debt and net debt. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with IFRS. Non-GAAP financial performance measures are not subject to IFRS or any other generally accepted accounting principles. Other companies may define these terms in different ways.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    T-Mobile needs to get some more original devices. HTC Sensation and the Amaze are basically the same device, and this seems to just be a galaxy s2 in a different skin.

    • revs

      Amazes wayyyyy better my sensation suks

      • Kyle

        This is true. However I do sometimes miss the Battery life of my old sensation, improved data speeds aren’t doing me much good when my phone is constantly dead

    • Jeff Pan

      Really true! Look at the number of devices Verizon and Att announced and the number on T Mobile side.

      I would guess ‘Galaxy Nexus’ GSM would be a nice catch for TMobile.

    • AppleFUD

      Seems like a totally pointless device–just another one-off device Samsung “might” update that has no benefit over devices already on the carrier.

      Would much rather have seen the announcement that T-MO was getting the GNexus.

      Maybe time to jump ship to Sprint for the GNexus and be done with it.

      • clocinnorcal

        I have had the “Jump ship” bug for a while, and Sprint was first on my list……until I learned of the EXTREMELY slow data speeds they have been plagued with in my area. Meanwhile my speeds with Tmobile are EXTREMELY fast. So now I guess I’m gonna wait it out with Tmo. I would definately check your are to see if Sprints network is surf worthy. I have 2 friends that speedtested their network both with Evo 4G phones and they were lucky to get 56k DL.

        • AppleFUD

          Good point.

          I’m also considering getting a MiFi personal hotspot and buying an unlocked device that way I can use my tablet or whatever I want when out and about and I can go with whatever LTE or the fastest available in my area–then I don’t have to wait for the carriers to do their thing. Have to admit I like the Galaxy Note for that option.

          thx for the info.

  • redraider133

    It is good that T-mo is still expanding and improving their network even though it seems like their parent company wants out of the US market. Good for tmo customers.

    • WlfHart

      Now if only we could get some more devices to use on the network… Galaxy Note anyone?

  • http://pryvateid.tumblr.com pryvateid

    T-Mobile does need to step their high-end game up. But, I still like this Smartphone nonetheless

  • PapaLos

    I have faith that tmo will try it’s best to continue on. But if the people in charge don’t want to be in this market anymore, it kind of sets doubts.

    I’ve been with them for a while now, and there may be a lot of better choices with handsets on different carriers, but I like that they are the fighting underdog. Unfortunately, that’s not enough for most.


    well Im even happier with my decision to import my Galaxy Nexus. Even after CES it seems I will still have the best phone available on TMO. And no Im not happy about it

  • jsweetser2

    Tmobile will take awhile to recover from sitting on their asses before and during the acquisition failure. I’m guessing it’ll be a year or more before we see anything solid (read: not refurbished, retooled or remodeled current devices).

    It’s a shame.

  • Guy Bailey

    Sigh… My TMob contract runs out in Feb and I’ve hung on as long as I can but I want the GNex so it’s off to Verizon for me.

    Salut TMob.

  • slurms mckenzie

    thank god its NOT an hd version cuz im still laughing at the old skyrocket users but the new ones are laughing at me :( lol im safe… for now

    please dont do this to me tmobile

  • Dejon Watson

    Even though this is nice they need 2 get the Gnexs

  • Nathan D.

    Well Hopeful this isn’t the phone rumored to phone to blow our minds that is better then the galaxy nexus.

  • MrMrMan

    Where the F is the damn Galaxy Nexus??? I’m getting tired of my Nexus One, but I don’t want to be locked into some other phone for 2 years just cause.

  • jamal adam

    Hopefully the have some other more Awesome phones up their sleeves. Galaxy Nexus, anyone, maybe an exclusive device from HTC or Samsung or something.

  • DroidPower

    Alright, way to go magenta for expansion!

  • the5thdimension

    This is very disappointing! I was hoping the first TMO announcement was going to be the GNEX. It’s looking more and more like I’m going to have to switch to Verizon or Sprint. Come on TMO step up your game. I hope your announcements get better as the week goes on.

  • David Sumner

    2013 coldnt come quick enough… i happy with my sensation for now but T-mobile seem to be on a downward spiral…

  • revs

    Y the hate ?I was hoping this was a 84mbps phone that was being worked on :) see ya lte lol I like tmob but have been disapointed lately but imo they r by far the best service for my situation best coverage on longisla 4g coverage frm nyc to hamptons (where I Wrk) wi for call is a must on planes n across seas for international calling ,free tethering for me atleast 4g too n I’ve had 4g speeds since Oct last year way ahead of everyone where as my gf eco still Dnt got it here on li ..n it is still the cheapest but prices have been rising ..also love my ability to block numbers from calling or texting me ! Cmon WHO CAN BEAT THAT!

    • REVS1

      MY GFS EVO*

  • spazby

    Never been a fan of tmobile…

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  • nchit

    just seems like tmo is going in the wrong direction, get some high end phones!

  • honourbound68

    no nexus no iphone 4s. tmo’s going to keep losing subscribers if they don’t get their act straight.

    • revs

      I was thinking sane thing but there service is Sooo awful no 4g by me 3g is barley 1mbps dwn

      N please no iPhone it would destroyem our netwrk

  • Futureboy

    Any decent addition to T-Mobiles uninspiring lineup would be a welcome change.

  • donger

    tmobile needs better phones

  • muk

    Please tmobile get the Samsung note! They always seem to be behind!