T-Mobile IDs Google G2 As First HSPA+ Phone

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Bellevue, Wash. - The first smartphone specifically designed for T-Mobile's HSPA+ network will be the


G2 with Google.

Previously, T-Mobile said its first HSPA+ phone would be available in the summer to deliver 4G speeds but didn't identify the model.

The G2 will be the successor to the HTC-made T-Mobile G1, a 3G slider/touchscreen phone

launched almost two years ago

as the first Android-powered phone in the U.S, T-Mobile said. The G2 "will break new ground as the first smartphone specifically designed for our advanced HSPA+ network," the company added. A spokesperson declined to reveal further details.

HSPA+ service is available in nearly 50 major metropolitan areas across the country, covering more than 85 million people. The carrier, however, plans to double the geographic footprint of its HSPA+ network by year's end to 100 major metro areas with a population of 185 million.

HSPA+ technology delivers theoretical peak data speeds up to 21Mbps, compared with 7.2Mbps on the carrier's 7.2Mbps HSPA network, which reaches more than 206 million people. The company noted, however, that 16 of its HSPA-equipped phones, including Samsung's Android-based Galaxy-class Vibrant, get a speed boost when used in the HSPA+ markets, though not to full HSPA+ speeds. The carrier also offers two HSPA+ USB modems.

Current 3G phones have the potential to double their peak theoretical speeds to 14.4Mbps, depending on their processing power, the

carrier previously said



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