Sprint is talking trash on Twitter about the T-Mobile HSPA+ 4G network but I think the nation’s third-largest carrier should read IntoMobile a bit more to be more informed about what can be called “4G.”
Stephanie Vinge, with the corporate communication division, tweeted:
“A little #4G math: # of T-Mobile 4G phones: 0 (oh wait, they don’t have a 4G network yet) # of VZW 4G phones: 0. # of Sprint 4G phones: 2.”
It’s true that Verizon doesn’t have any LTE phones yet – we expect to see devices from Samsung, HTC, and Motorola as soon as Jan. 6 – T-Mobile does have a pair of devices which could be called 4G: the T-Mobile G2 and the myTouch 4G.
Part of the confusion may be that the magenta carrier uses HSPA+ for its next-generation network and there was some confusion over whether this should be labeled “4G.” The ITU just decided that LTE, WiMax and HSPA+ can be labeled “4G.”
So, it’s funny that Sprint is shooting off at the mouth about T-Mobile because that same ruling actually makes its WiMax network legitimately able to be called 4G. The EVO and Epic are both solid devices which can stand on its own, it doesn’t need to resort to trash talking, particularly when it doesn’t know the facts.