T-Mobile obtain '4G Windows Phone' stickers - sign of 4G devices to come?

Earlier today, Neowin reported that there may be a wave of Windows Phone 7.5 handsets which are said to be released in September.

At least one of those handsets may come with 4G capability; something that may help Windows Phone sales against the iPhone 5 which is rumoured to not come with the capability.

Stickers that show the Windows phone logo alongside a 4G badge seems to suggest that we may see upcoming devices come with it. The stickers belonged to T-Mobile and since the telecoms company gets merchandise of products way before the release of the actual phones, it does present a strong case to suggest that 4G is coming to Windows Phone. To make the rumour even more convincing, the 4G stickers are presented besides a set of WP stickers that don’t come with the 4G badge which suggest there will be a set of 4G and 3G devices.

The Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T which was released in Japan earlier this week was speculated to be a low/mid-range Mango device which definitely leaves room for a set of higher end devices in September.

Whilst stickers alone doesn’t guarantee there will be 4G devices, one has to ask for what other reason would T-Mobile make a distinction of the two stickers, especially with one saying “4G” on it. Is T-mobiles idea of 4G different to the consumers? Probably not but we won’t know for sure until the devices are unveiled.

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It was bound to happen.. Very excited for the future of Windows phone and windows 8.. I just would love if the online services from microsoft.. Like my touchpad is having problems with skydrive

CentralDogma said,
T-Mobile USA's "4G" is not 4G. It's not LTE, it's not even WiMax. T-Mobile's "4G" is 3G.

While your statement is technically correct, "4G" is a speed claim, not a technology based one.

SHoTTa35 said,

While your statement is technically correct, "4G" is a speed claim, not a technology based one.

Is that true, technically? Because I always thought it was really the technology and that T-Mobile was just claiming theirs because of the speed.

SHoTTa35 said,

While your statement is technically correct, "4G" is a speed claim, not a technology based one.


This is true, and if you dig into the formal definition of 4G, things like LTE and WiMax don't even make the cut. But it's disgusting to see T-Mobile marketing HSPA+ as 4G, when, as far as I know, no one else, anywhere, is doing the same and it borders on false advertising. While LTE and WiMax at least pass 100 Mbit/s, T-Mobiles network doesn't even come close, topping out at 42 Mbit/s.

And that's why you get articles like this saying “T-Mobile obtain '4G Windows Phone' stickers - sign of 4G devices to come?” Well of course T-Mobile has 4G Windows Phones when the majority of smartphones on the market would qualify as “4G” by T-Mobile's standards!

libertas83 said,
IIRC, thre was a decision passed to accept HSPA+ as 4G by the people running that standard.
If that is true, those people running the standard need to be ****ing killed. As far as I know, ITU has not agreed to making HSPA+, WiMax, and LTE 4G standards.

CentralDogma said,

disgusting to see T-Mobile marketing HSPA+ as 4G, when, as far as I know, no one else, anywhere, is doing the same and it borders on false advertising.
By that definition, then, there is NO 4G anywhere in the US from any carrier. And it just so happens that T-Mobile's data is significantly faster than Sprint's WiMax "4G" when I've tested my phone against one of Sprint's while standing inside a Sprint store.