T-Mobile Announces HD Voice, 4G LTE Among Other Things at CES 2013


T-Mobile is America’s fourth largest carrier, which isn’t something to be particularly fond of. Behind Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, T-Mobile has been relatively silent over the last year. And that’s because we saw the top 3 carriers launch or expand 4G LTE networks in the country, while T-Mobile’s networks were limited to just 4G or HSPA+. It was however rumored that the carrier would bring LTE to its users soon, and it seems like the day has finally arrived. Taking full advantage of the CES atmosphere in Las Vegas, the CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere announced the carrier’s 4G LTE network and gave us an idea as to where the company is headed in 2013. The company expects to have over 100 million customers on its network covered with LTE by the middle of this year and wants to double that number by the end of 2013. Pretty ambitious we think, especially given how far carriers like Verizon and AT&T have taken LTE till now.

T-Mobile also announced the 4G Connect (not LTE) which will offer qualifying tablets, notebooks and ultrabooks with 200MB of free data every month for two years when the device is purchased through the carrier. 200MB is certainly not a lot, but considering the fact that these devices are usually on Wi-Fi and hardly require a data connection, it’s not a bad offer to have. For users requiring more than 200MB of data, other plans are available. T-Mobile also announced the Unlimited Nationwide 4G plans which will be available starting from today, more details on that is awaited.

The carrier also demoed for its audience at CES something known as HD Voice. It’s the first time this feature is making its way to the U.S and T-Mobile proudly brags of that fact. It’s innovative, and we’ve seen global carriers like Orange announce the feature on its networks last year (although it has been in development since the past couple of years). This feature will certainly grab a lot of eyeballs and rightly so. There’s still not enough info on how or which devices are compatible with this new feature, but we expect T-Mobile to provide clarification in due time. The carrier also announced its partnership with MLB (Major League Baseball) and had a few baseball players in attendance, so it was all fancy from T-Mobile. The carrier then mentioned a few areas where the carrier has revamped its networks which included cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, Denver and Virginia Beach.

There was a flurry of announcements from T-Mobile’s CES press event with 4G LTE being the most important of them all. It is hoped that the carrier will launch a few smartphones with an LTE chip now that the network supports it. Reports have suggested that T-Mobile will send out an OTA update to Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones to enable the LTE chip inside. Remember, the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile only supports HSPA+ speeds despite having an HSPA+/LTE chip inside. Let’s hope we get to hear more about that soon.

Via: Android Guys