T-Mobile Takes the Lead on 4G with myTouch 4G

Amidst excitement around Windows Phone 7, T-Mobile unveils a new 4G network and the myTouch 4G

Well, this is an interesting change of pace. T-Mobile, traditionally regarded as the mediocre network at a great price, is now leading the charge with the best 4G network coverage. To date, Sprint and T-Mobile are the only networks to offer 4G coverage.

(For those wondering what 4G is, I recommend the Wikipedia entry on it, which explains it in decent depth. 4G is a hard thing to define, as its not a specific network protocol, but rather a general term denoting a newer class of network coverage.) 

T-Mobile isn't wasting any time taking a dig at Apple and AT&T with its latest ad, which spoofs the "I'm a Mac" ads and points out that the myTouch 4G can use video chatting without a Wi-Fi connection. The ad is available below.

So, how does the myTouch 4G compare to today's latest smartphones? Here's a quick summary:

  • 1 GHz processor
  • 8 GB included memory card
  • Android 2.2 (froyo)
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • 4G capable, which is estimated to be up to ten times as fast as 3G
  • 720p video recording
  • Video chat

In conclusion, I'd rate the myTouch 4G as a very competent device. With 4G; "free" tethering (T-Mobile doesn't officially "support" tethering, but that means they don't charge for it either); the latest version of Android; and comparable specs to the latest Droid devices and the iPhone 4;  the device is a great choice for current T-Mobile customers and individuals interested in joining T-Mobile. 

Do you see a T-Mobile resurgence, or will people simply hold out for Verizon's 4G network? Chime in on Twitter.

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