Last Updated: February 22nd, 2012

At CES today, T-Mobile, in an effort to outline "the company's ongoing efforts to fuel consumer adoption of mobile data," revealed a handful of announcements, ranging from the introduction of a new 4G-capable device, to Bobsled Messaging, to expanded 4G networks.

You may remember that T-Mobile announced updates to its Bobsled Messaging service back in October. Well, T-Mo today announced further enhancements, including free unlimited messaging to Android users worldwide. Bobsled, for those who don't know, is essentially a service which allows users to communicate using mobile devices (through messaging or calling), regardless of platform or network, requiring only an internet or data connection. The enhancements announced today bring added functionality and convenience to an already handy service.

The carrier also announced the addition of the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G to its portfolio. The Blaze 4G sports a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, HSPA+ 42 support, and a Super AMOLED screen (of unknown size). Little other information is available at the moment, but we should hear a few more details soon. Users can sign up for updates regarding the Blaze 4G at T-Mobile's "notify me" page.


Finally, T-Mobile detailed its plans to enhance its 4G network, announcing 12 new markets for the HSPA+ 42 network (for a grand total of 174 markets, covering 184 million Americans). T-Mo's HSPA+ 21 network will also be expanded, coming to 9 new markets, (totaling 217 markets, covering about 200 million people).

The expansion of the nation's largest 4G network is great news, and this announcement, combined with T-Mobiles other news, certainly made for a strong showing at CES today.

Liam Spradlin
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  • mad as hell

    Sorry T-mobile but your gonna have to kiss and make up to all of the vibrant owners you screwed over. In fact Im looking to change phone companys over it, even if paying more gets me the respect I deserve as a customer.!

    • mdt

      Here Here! I feel the exact same way.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    Largest 4G network? I grant that HSPA+ 42 is pretty fast, but it's still pretty far off of the speeds LTE can boast, which are already a very loose re-definition of 4G. By any practical standards, it's still 3.5G...

    • http://www.nhaines.com/ Nathan Haines

      That's not what "largest" means. Largest means greatest area of coverage.

      What you're describing is "fastest".

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        Ahh, excellent, then you admit you don't understand. HSPA+ doesn't count as 4G. That means, and I've yet to see anybody disagree, that T-Mobile doesn't have a 4G network. Technically nobody has 4G, but even by the much looser definition that everybody else is using, HSPA+ still tops out at about half of what every other carrier calls 4G. They just realized that it's hard to market yourself as a data-centric carrier when you have the slowest data network (though, to their credit, at least they aren't going up and down every week like the CDMA-based guys).

        Also, not to nitpick, but last I checked (a few months ago), AT&T still had a larger (yes, that's geographically) HSPA rollout than T-Mobile since they launched it 2 years before T-Mobile even announced they were starting a rollout.

        • trevmar

          To be quite honest, nothing I do on my phone, or while tethered, needs speeds greater than HSPA. In fact, since I travel so much, I am quite accustomed to only having EDGE available. One day I will upload Full-HD videos from my phone, but not at the moment...

        • jbbxwolf

          hmmm Your letting your bias for a company dictate what your trying to say and get across.
          1. if noone has 4g then how can someone else's 4g be faster (from your previous post) you are contradicting yourself from post to post.

          2. First to market with HSPA means nothing when the conversation is about HSPA+ your hspa can be bigger but its not pertent to the convo about HSPA+.

        • Marcus T

          I believe that's HSPA, not HSPA+, but I could be wrong. Second, I'm pretty sure NO ONE cares what the appropriate definition of 4G is anymore, and why should they. Why should Tmobile's new speed be considered 3.5G when then get get speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G? To me that merits a whole new number.

          And in terms of HSPA+ vs LTE (both at their theoretical max) you're looking at around 25Mbps and 55Mbps of actual speeds respectively. On a smartphone 20Mbps is beyond ridiculous, and I believe the vast majority of people will agree. So what then is the next most important thing? Coverage of these speeds. In that ring tmobile wins hands down. (Yes their overall coverage is worse, but their 4G coverage is much better than any other carrier's LTE coverage). AND look at the other benefit of HSPA+: You battery will last A LOT longer. DING DING DING to me that seems like knockout.

          So yes call it what you want, but I think T-mobile has the right to boast their "4G" network.

  • Joe

    Your face is still 3.5G...

  • Mason D.

    NICE! Faster 4G means I can hit the pitifully small bandwidth cap even FASTER!

  • thetruth

    the first time i called customer service and heard the automated message say they had the largest 4g network I laughed. Then I thought about it, using todays lies...I mean standards it is actually true.

  • Troll

    I thought the Blaze was an Amazon phone :0

  • El Rey

    Judging the spotty update records of Samsung phones, if it's not a Nexus phone, then I don't want it.

  • blendergod

    I have samsun galaxy 2s,it is in realy fast, how fast do you need. I teether my galaxy, to laptop, tablet, desktop, cloud printing, no problem with hspa.don't buy any LG mobile device, no support, English speaking, and clueless on technical issues.