T-Mobile announces G2, first HSPA+ phone

As of this writing, the website is down "for improvements," but PCMag reports that T-Mobile has officially announced their G2 Android phone via their website. It will be the first phone to run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, capable of 4G speeds. Sprint was the first carrier to roll out a 4G network using Clearwire’s WiMAX technology, and AT&T and Verizon both plan on implementing LTE networks to achieve 4G speeds.

The G2 will be the second offering in a line of phones that T-Mobile apparently plans to use when brand new technologies emerge, as the G1 was the first phone to feature Google’s Android mobile OS. Since that time, T-Mobile released a series of critically underwhelming Android handsets, the HTC myTouch line and Motorola CLIQ among others. T-Mobile will want to pull an EVO here and push the carrier back into the hardware competition. After all, it isn’t all about speed. The iPhone seems to be doing just fine despite AT&T’s nagging congestion issues.

According to PhoneArena.com, the phone may have the following specs (nothing confirmed yet):

  • 3.7” touchscreen (480x800 resolution)
  • Qualcomm MSM 7230 800Mhz processor
  • Stock Android 2.2
  • Slide-out Qwerty Keyboard
  • 802.11b/g WiFi

No word yet on more details or pricing, but as soon as T-Mobile puts the promo site back up, we’ll let you know if more information emerges.

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Feels like deja vu. Didn't T-Mobile call the HTC Hero the G2? Ok, strictly speaking it was the G2 Touch, but why not avoid total confusion and just call it the G3? That's the thing with numbers, they are infinite you know!

Zoom7000 said,
Feels like deja vu. Didn't T-Mobile call the HTC Hero the G2? Ok, strictly speaking it was the G2 Touch, but why not avoid total confusion and just call it the G3? That's the thing with numbers, they are infinite you know!

The myTouch...aka the HTC Magic was called the G2.

How come everyone is jumping to the conclusion that this device will simply fail because rumored specs are not as good as other android devices? If they aren't confirmed then the specs I say it's going to have is a 2ghz processor.

Now fight amongst yourselves...

As long as it isn't made by Motorola, it should be OK. Motorola, at least on any carrier other than Verizon, abandons their products, you'll never get an update. NOT having a "custom skin" like Motoblur will mean you can get OS updates as soon as Google makes them available.

Specs suck and was hoping the screen would be bigger. also, not thrilled about the pull out KB.

T-Mobile had a chance to redeem themselves with the lack of phones but this doesnt do it. 800mhz when most new phones these days are at least 1ghz. Was hoping this would be my new phone but if the specs are accurate, then no way in hell I will be buying it.

techbeck said,
Specs suck and was hoping the screen would be bigger. also, not thrilled about the pull out KB.

T-Mobile had a chance to redeem themselves with the lack of phones but this doesnt do it. 800mhz when most new phones these days are at least 1ghz. Was hoping this would be my new phone but if the specs are accurate, then no way in hell I will be buying it.


You seem to be forgetting that this is the G2, which if you were at all a G1 user, that had a keyboard. So I say this would be stupid to be named the G2 if it were not to have a keyboard as well.

You seem to be forgetting that last month T-Mobile came out with the Vibrant, a Samsung Galaxy S phone. I purchase this on day one, and it is honestly one of the best Android phones out there on the market right now. I am not knocking any other new phones that have recently come out or coming out, as to why I said it is one of the best Android phones out right now to purchase. It also has no physical keyboard, which would also be a plus for you.

If the Vibrant does not meet your specs for a phone, you might as well switch carriers and find a phone you like or go with an iPhone. Since it seems you will never be pleased by any Samsung or HTC phone for Android.

mistical said,

You seem to be forgetting that this is the G2, which if you were at all a G1 user, that had a keyboard. So I say this would be stupid to be named the G2 if it were not to have a keyboard as well.

You seem to be forgetting that last month T-Mobile came out with the Vibrant, a Samsung Galaxy S phone. I purchase this on day one, and it is honestly one of the best Android phones out there on the market right now. I am not knocking any other new phones that have recently come out or coming out, as to why I said it is one of the best Android phones out right now to purchase. It also has no physical keyboard, which would also be a plus for you.

If the Vibrant does not meet your specs for a phone, you might as well switch carriers and find a phone you like or go with an iPhone. Since it seems you will never be pleased by any Samsung or HTC phone for Android.

I have an HTC phone so your argument there is mute. And the G2 specs are still ****, not going to convince me otherwise. As far as the vibrant, yea I was thinking about that one but was hoping to have a good choice other that just one.

aboi said,
Until apple drops support for your phone. let's see who rocks now.

Please name some other phones that get updates after 3 years?

thealexweb said,

800Mhz isn't that bad.


Yeah but compared to the current 1GHz phones and upcoming 1.5GHz phones it's not really the cutting edge...

pcj said,

Yeah but compared to the current 1GHz phones and upcoming 1.5GHz phones it's not really the cutting edge...

Put it this way its better than any BlackBerry ever released.

pcj said,

Yeah but compared to the current 1GHz phones and upcoming 1.5GHz phones it's not really the cutting edge...

Yea, specs are not that great... But I feel I read somewhere that they would be higher, especially considering they are putting it on a 4G network. I believe the device was to be called T-Mobile G2 Blaze or something around those lines. And it did boost a 1ghz processor, to give life back to the 'G' line

thealexweb said,

800Mhz isn't that bad.


Erm yeh it is, don't forget the rumors about android 3.0 requiring a 1ghz processor minium... and the milestone i own has around a 550mhz in it and its a year old... this news isnt good at all. WP7 will beat android at this rate..

zikalify said,

Erm yeh it is, don't forget the rumors about android 3.0 requiring a 1ghz processor minium... and the milestone i own has around a 550mhz in it and its a year old... this news isnt good at all. WP7 will beat android at this rate..

I don't get how one underpowered phone means WP7 will beat Android outright. Please explain.

zikalify said,

Erm yeh it is, don't forget the rumors about android 3.0 requiring a 1ghz processor minium... and the milestone i own has around a 550mhz in it and its a year old... this news isnt good at all. WP7 will beat android at this rate..

Windows Phone has yet to even prove itself in the market place.

zikalify said,

Erm yeh it is, don't forget the rumors about android 3.0 requiring a 1ghz processor minium... and the milestone i own has around a 550mhz in it and its a year old... this news isnt good at all. WP7 will beat android at this rate..

It's got a 600Mhz actually it's just underclocked when your phone gets 2.2 it will probably, like the Droid has been, be clocked at full speed.

zikalify said,

Erm yeh it is, don't forget the rumors about android 3.0 requiring a 1ghz processor minium... and the milestone i own has around a 550mhz in it and its a year old... this news isnt good at all. WP7 will beat android at this rate..

What is it, like 1996 again? Hertz aren't the only things that matter! Even with that said, it's a faster version of the MSM found in the HTC Aria which ran at 600 mHz but was still strangely snappy. There's nothing wrong with the specs on this phones. As for the Gingerbread rumors, well they're just rumors.