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T-Mobile Taps Google G2 As Its 1st HSPA+ Phone

Bellevue, Wash

. — The first smartphone
specifically designed for T-Mobile’s HSPA+
network will be the T-Mobile 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

The G2 will be the successor to the HTCmade
T-Mobile G1, a 3G slider/touchscreen
phone launched almost two years ago as the
first Android-powered phone in the U.S, TMobile

A spokesperson declined to reveal further

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 get a
speed boost when used in the HSPA+ markets,
though not to full HSPA+ speeds.

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