T-Mobile Press Conference Live at CES 2011

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Good morning, folks! We’re here at the T-Mobile press conference at CES 2011 readying for what team pink (fuchsia?) has to say. We’re looking forward to getting a glimpse into T-Mobile’s network plans – namely boosting its HSPA+ speeds up to 42Mbps this year – and perhaps even a few 4G tablets.

Be sure to stay tuned and follow along as we cover this event live and bring you the news as it happens!

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Good morning, folks! We’re waiting to get started here as everyone gets seated.
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Listening to a bit of Michael Jackson. Not a bad way to start the morning. It’s very pink in here.
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Some of the things we’re looking forward to hearing about this morning are more 4G devices – including tablets – and T-Mobile’s HSPA+ plans.
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I’m hearing the carrier is planning to boost up to 42Mbps (theoretical top speed) some time this year. Wicked, eh?
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Still waiting to get started
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Apparently there was a chemical spill on a major road here in Las Vegas and caused traffic back-ups.
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The house is getting full. Hopefully we’ll get started very soon.
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Looks like we’re finally getting started!
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Although it seems T-Mobile is having some technical difficulties.
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And we’re getting started.
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T-Mobile CEL Philipp Humm is on stage talking about the LG tablet the carrier will be launching.
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The T-Mobile G Slate by LG with Honeycomb
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200 million folks covered by T-Mobile’s “4G” network
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Pictures coming, folks. Data in here is slow as molasses.
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T-Mobile says it has the fastest data in the top 100 markets in the U.S. by an unnamed firm/source.
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900,000 4G devices sold
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Today T-Mobile will definitely talk its evolving data speeds and its 4G line-up
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“81% of all Americans want smartphones.”
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“31% have smartphones.”
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T-Mobile wants to offer affordable smartphones and tablets.
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T-Mobile is also pushing aggressive plans and pricing.
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$10/month data plan (limited usage, of cousre)
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“T-mobile customers want to socialize, shop, find each other and more.”
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“Data has increased over 300% in the past year.”
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T-Mobile is focusing on embracing its “challenger status” and “break with industry conventions.”
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“We treat customers like real people, not just like numbers.”
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“We’re very focused on fueling the wireless data revolution.”
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Nevill Ray, T-Mobile CTO, has taken the stage.
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Doesn’t look like images are loading, folks. Sorry for the technical issue.
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On stage “America’s largest 4G network is 160% bigger than Verizon’s 4G LTE network.”
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OK
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“We’ve been rapidly rolling out our 4G this year and have exceeded Clear WiMax”
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“T-Mobile US has north of 70% of its traffic on ethernet backhaul.”
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“AT&T is on catch-up mode throughout the rest of 2011.”
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Hearing “4G” applied to HSPA+, LTE and WiMax still makes me cringe a little…
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“HSPA and HSPA+ is a dominant global technology, not just today, but for the next 5 years.”
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“LTE is a very new technology, so it’s going to take time.”
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In 2011, T-Mobile will boost its network speeds to a peak rate of 42Mbps, up double from 21Mbps where it is today.
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In real world, we’ll probably be seeing somewhere around half or just under half of those actual speeds.
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HSPA+ Advanced can get up to 672Mbps theoretical speeds.
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Or the technology as described when it was lobbied to the ITU to qualify as a true 4G technology
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So, next up is 42Mbps.
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We’re now going to see a little demo for HSPA+ 42Mbps
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Between HSPA+ and Verizon LTE, the difference are small. 8-10Mbps.
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Clear WiMax is way down there at 3-4Mbps
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HSPA+ advanced is what we also heard about earlier referred to as “Long Term HSPA Evolution”
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Right here in the room, we’ll see 42Mbps. I wonder when it will launch officially.
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Looks like we’re seeing 27.5Mbps on average, live, right now.
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Of course, it’s serving just the room.
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The signal and data is stable, but again T-Mobile set it up to cover this room perfectly.
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Still, to see 12-15Mbps real world would be great, right?
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“What does this mean for consumers?”
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Multimedia downloads and streaming
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They’re now downloading a full music album
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Not too shabby. Each song in the album is taking about 6-8 seconds to download.
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OK, maybe a shade longer. Some songs are taking about 10-12 seconds. Still, not bad when you’re on the road and downloading wirelessly.
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Now we’re seeing a game up and running.
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Racing against online gamers. Doesn’t look like there is any lag or bad latency.
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Crashed and burned.
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Oh look, that image decided to finally load up.
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“There will be no 4G premiums from T-Mobile.”
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Let’s remember those words, folks.
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And here’s the G Slate we saw a little earlier.
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Look at those crazy data speeds!
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Cole Brodman, T-Mobile CMO, is now on stage.
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Largest 4G network at the smallest price
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4G data prices starting at $10
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Now we’re talking tablets
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“We expect tablets to really explode in 2011.”
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Lots of tablets slated for this year, folks
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John Thode from Dell is now on stage
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First 4G tablet partner is Dell. The Dell Streak 7!
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The Dell Streak 7 was announced this morning
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“It’s the ultimate experience in multimedia.”
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“We think of this as your stuff. Your stuff presented your way.”
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Looks pretty small. Maybe about the size of the Galaxy Tab.
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“Under a pound. You don’t have to worry about its weight. It’s portable.”
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It has an NVIDIA dual core processor
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It’s so lightweight that he’s sideways.
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Specs are coming!
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7″, so bigger than the original Streak
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Here you go
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Tegra 2 processor, WiFi sharing up to 5 devices, video chat, etc.
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And it looks like we’re wrapping up soon…
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Thanks again for joining me folks! Stay tuned for more soon!
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Ciao
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Oh wait
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One more thing
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The T-Mobile commercial gal is here
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She’s using a myTouch 4G as her personal phone
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See ya folks!

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