T-Mobile Beefs Up Their Lineup…Hopefully

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The following is a guest post by a fellow blogger.  The opinions of the author are not necessarily the opinions of TmoNews.com

Our beloved Magenta had been suffering from a lack of good smart phones in their line-up. This summer could see some drastic changes and those changes could actually propel the company into the race and might even allow it to take the lead.

We start our journey with the T-Mobile G1, followed by the myTouch 3G, the Samsung Behold II and finally the HTC HD2.  Looking at the current line-up, we realize how T-Mobile has been playing a game of catch up with the other carriers.  The HTC Hero came out shortly after the G1 and almost immediately overshadowed the G1.  Then the myTouch was released and still the Hero grabbed all the glory.  Those awful D-list celebrity commercials didn’t help much either.  As we move ahead, we see that next came the Samsung Behold II, and, yet again, Sprint came out with a better phone, the Moment, an arguably superior device.  Last but not least was the perennial powerhouse, the HD2.  The screen and processor were developed to out do the  competition, but now the EVO is going to once again outpace T-Mobile.

Let’s be clear that this article really isn’t about how Sprint has one-upped T-Mobile in the phone release department, but how there is a consistent pattern of releases being overshadowed.   T-Mobile seems to grab the second best phone and act like its number one.  That has been an issue but we could see T-Mobile make a stand this summer and this could be the year they maybe, just maybe, begin to not only catch up, but move ahead of  the competition.  We look at the rumor mills and speculate (and definitely hope) that our beloved Magenta will make heads turn with a strong presence this summer and fall.

Your very own TmoNews staff has been able to find some very interesting phones that are expected to come out over the next couple of months.  Our journey starts with the myTouch Slide, as this phone is looking to make a huge impression with most of the Android fans out there, not to mention that it is the T-Mobile flagship phone for the summer.  It looks as if we will see the best of both worlds from the G1 and the myTouch come together into one device. If I told you I would give you the myTouch and add in the beloved keyboard from the G1, most Android fanatics would start forming a line to pick this up.  We finally will see a better processor with a reported 600MHz on board and will get a 5 MP camera that rivals both the Samsung and Motorola devices currently at T-Mobile.  When you add in a flash, this becomes HTC’s first flash camera on an Android device for Magenta (and it’s about time).  Read here to get the full details of this summer arrival.

There have also been rumors of the new Samsung Android device called the “Galaxy S”.  Now this may not actually come to T-Mobile, but if it does it could really begin to steamroll things this summer.  This device may make an appearance on all major carriers (a very rare occurrence for a device of this nature) this year but that is still an improvement over being passed up or watching Magenta pass on another device.  In my opinion, this was the type of Samsung Android device we were calling for when the Behold II came out and then we watched the Moment hit Sprint’s network.  As this phone is still rumored and details are sketchy, please take my word when I say that this phone could make a huge impact on a soft line up that has been making strides to improve its data devices.

Finally, we reach in the “Oh my, I would pee myself if T-Mobile gets this” category.  Yes, you know exactly where I am going with this one!  The iPhone has been and will be one of the most revolutionary smart phones in today’s smart phone industry.  Yes, I probably have a little bias in this department, but you really should stop and ask yourself if this improve T-Mobiles customer base.  The answer is clearly, YES IT WOULD!  Some Android fans might look at the iPhone moving to T-Mobile as a bad thing, but ,without the iPhone, it may have been years before we saw the Android power houses. The same can be said about Android, the iPhone would not be looking to make huge strides in their new phone this summer if it weren’t for Android.  Before either party totally dismisses this statement, check this out.

These are just three phones that could really make a lasting impression with today’s consumers.  With the ever- expanding lineups from competing carriers, T-Mobile would not only benefit from the addition of these phones, but could see a jump in both smart phone additions and additions of overall customers to their network.  After all, that is the name of the game.  Give the masses more of a variety of phones and they will come….knocking down the doors and stampeding into the stores wanting to get that newest device.  Just see how the HD2 is performing in sells.  Both the retail stores and customer care can’t keep them in stock.

These are but a few devices that you should keep an eye on this summer that may possibly come to T-Mobile.  Is there a particular phone that you think would improve our beloved Magenta’s line-up this year?  Weigh in and let us know!

To continue following the possible move of the iPhone to T-Mobile, be sure to check out our friends over at TodaysiPhone.

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  • soon2TMO

    ^^^ good point mike!!

    good point!!

  • soon2TMO

    im not on Tmo yet, but i will be soon.. im just waiting for a phone that ill like, ill wait until summer and i hope some highend phone comes to tmo by then.. if not, ill get the mytouch slide coz i dont think i can wait until the november or december to get be on Tmo..

    im alredy tempted now to get the HD2, but based on the reviews and that it wont be upgraded to windows mobile 7, i’d rather hold off…

    i wish samsung galaxy s comes to tmo this summer.. :)

    love this site by the way!

    • ReadingGood

      I totally get what you’re saying and respect your decisions, I just wanted to point out that I had the same trepidations about the HD2 & WinPho 7…. then I got the HD2 and I’ve totally forgotten about WinPho7. Seriously. I’ll deal with that issue when it finally comes, but for now… the HD2 made me FORGET about WinPho7. Nuts.

      Also, I’ve made mention of this before, but: If any of you are Android or iphone users who are obsessed over apps like people obsess over Facebook… then again, avoid the HD2. The HD2 is NOT for you. Just like I realized how much Android is NOT for me.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      In regards to your Galaxy S wish, IMHO that handset will be coming to T-Mobile. Some people will tell you otherwise, but from everything I have seen and read on the Net, it’s a safe bet that we will be seeing it in June, or maybe August 12-15 since T-Mobile always issues a “summer phone” in August.

      If it arrives in mid August expect to see “coming soon to T-Mobile ” ads in July.

      To replace our ancient G1 (that is still a fantastic phone, the thing is built like a tank) we will be debating whether to get the Slide (that has a physical keyboard, a big plus for my girlfriend) or the Galaxy S (that has amazing specs and will be a great multi-media phone).

  • Anthony Swift

    If T-Mobile was to pick up the iPhone sales would boom at the fastest pace they would have ever seen or had before… the iPhone sells itself, little or no advertisements are needed. AT&T does so well because of their wide range of devices and yes, they have the iPhone.

    It would be nice if Apple will “open” up their devices a little more to other carries, however, the chances of the iPhone going to T-Mobile is very, very slim to none, BUT then again Apple is really good at keeping their doors closed on any new product until its finally announced.

    T-Mobile is holding up just fine with their excellent & affordable phone plans…. plus the HD2 is one AWESOME device (although I do not like Windows Mobile) Windows Mobile 7 will be the solution to this.

    I am SO excited to see what Apple is announcing this year… I currently use an unlocked iPhone on our wonderful T-Mobile network… =}

    • mad dog

      Bad news buddy, windows 7 won’t solve the hd2′s problems because its not upgradable to windows 7. How can being the #4 carrier and not be gaining any ground on #3 be doing fine?

      • Shayne Carlos

        Actually it will be and has already been ported to the HD2 just like android will be ported also, so in a couple of months my HD2 wins cause it will hopefully run android and 7 and linux ubuntu..just because it want be done officially done doesnt mean our cooks at XDA wont have it done which im sure they will..

        Tmobile already have 2 top of the line phones HD2 and Nexus1
        if you want the Android then you gotta pay that Android price if not settle for the mytouch or whatever you choose

        -Sent via my HTC HD2

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        I’ll tell you how…

        The #4 carrier (T-Mobile) made almost $500 million NET PROFIT in a quarter (that’s three months for those who don’t know).

        The #3 carrier (Sprint) LOST $865 BILLION in three months.

        Go ahead and interpret those numbers as Sprint doing fine and T-Mobile not doing fine. But don’t hand out investment advice, you will get sued for malpractice. ;)

      • mad dog

        ItsMichaelNotMike so it’s gone from me stalking your posts to you stalking mines. LMAO. You sacrificial poser.

  • GreenTea

    We need the EVO or the Incredible or something just as good. We need adult Android phones not kiddy ones like the Cliq. The Mytouch was OK at best.

    • *d.*

      I agree %100. Neither the MyTouch Slide, nor the Galaxy S is seriously considered a hot phone. These days even the Nexus One has been overshadowed. I was hopeful that T-Mo would get it’s arse in gear and give us the HTC Desire, but again I shouldn’t be surprised that the MT Slide is the best we’re getting.

      I’m saving up my money and getting the Nexus Two. T-mobile is NOT going to be getting any hot phones. Please stop posting articles like this; they’re false.

    • DeeLirious

      I agree. I have the MyTouch. And although I’m a huge Android fan, I’m not to stoked about T-Mo’s phones right now. Not even that excited for the MyTouch Slide, although I have seen and read many things that have spiked my interest. It’s still not the incredible, or Evo, or Galaxy S. Which by the way, is going to ATT. MichaelNotMike is a dreamer.

  • chris

    UUMMMM, THE IPHONE IS GOING TO VERIZON.

    • randy

      no confirmed yet, and they just released the incrediable. tmo already has overseas rights to it and it is working out great.

    • David

      Says who??

  • gadgetguru

    I think it very possible Apple could just roll out iPhone to t-mobile casually this summer or by end of the year. They could technically announce during the upgrade release this summer that iphone will be coming to other carriers in near future with T-Mobile getting first by end of the year. Apple can give AT&T 4.0 phone as a short term lead and with others getting iPhone every 6-8 months time lag. I know T-Mobile across Europe has iphone and has better infrastructure than AT&T as T-Mobile is global company unlike AT&T. There support system is 100 times better with proven outstanding service globally. Not to say T-Mobile might also have some surprise phones popping up this summer.

  • jabombardier

    IMO what’s more important is the plans I get. I rather get a stellar rate plan at a lower price than pay for a paltry prate plan and pay the same price as what I am paying now. So when it comes to choosing a phone I will just pick what available android phone T-mobile has. Its time for an upgrade so, it will be between a cliq, a MyTouch Slide, or a Nexus One. Snapdragon processor doesn’t mean anything because it hasn’t done anything important but its required purpose which is to make the phone run the OS and apps. Yes its faster but a slower processor will not hinder my experiences with a phone. I don’t care for upcoming flash either because I know it will burn out the phone’s battery life to the point where I have to keep it charged all the time.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Good post. You are exactly the customer I was referring to in my earlier post. You put it very well: “It’s faster (processor) but a slower processor will not hinder my experiences with a phone.”

      And you are right, many people don’t want flash and other bells/whistles because they instead want long battery life. For those people T-Mobile included a separate YouTube app if the user wants to on occasion (maybe once a month) see a video that a relative uploaded.

  • mikeeeee

    this is all a result of the marketing ‘genius’ t-mo hired from starbucks.

    now, that she’s gone the new guy will have to get his numbers up to keep his job.

    the collateral damage is………….

  • mikeeeee

    this is all a result of the marketing ‘genius’ t-mo hired from starbucks.

    now, that she’s gone the new guy will have to get his numbers up to keep his job.

    the collateral damage is………….

    we’re going to get some better, better hardware and i’m qualified for BOGO upgrade.

    • mikeeeee

      soory for the dupe

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      No argument there. T-Mobile’s marketing is one area where we are immensely qualified to review, rate and ultimately criticize since we are on the receiving end of the Company’s efforts.

      After they tossed Zeta-Jones T-Mobile’s marketing has been anything but memorable (IMHO people remembering an ad campaign is the measure of whether or not the campaign was a success. E.g., I bet that millions of people can recall Droid commercials. And many people recall the “Are you there?” campaign.)

      What did we get… some B grade personalities standing in front of a camera holding their myTouch phones with pleasant elevator music playing in the background.

      So we shall see if we remember the next round of T-Mobile ads. If we don’t then it’s back to the drawing board.

  • Noel

    Tmo should get the HTC Desire in stores pronto..though a look alike to the Nexus one which is sort of on Magenta…we need it to be in stores so customers can have a good feel of the phone. The HD2 which i think is an awesome device w/ all the goodies on it, is just a lil big in hand for me..don’t get me wrong thats not much of a problem..but after playing w/ it i decided to get the N1 which feels gr8 in hand and i wud say the right size for a phone. I know if Tmo gets the Desire in stores it will sell just as fast as the HD2. I have been badly in need to change phones..passed on the Mytouch cz the screen wasn’t big enuf and not enuf spec-wise..contemplated on the HD2, just wish Tmo had the Htc Desire..could not wait till the Desire

    • alex

      The HD2 grows on you fast (I guess it acutally shrinks). After a couple weeks with it you don’t realize how big the screen is until you use another phone. I had used the TP2 for a while before I got the HD2, but after using the HD2 for a week when I used my friends TP2 the screen looks tiny.

      • chris

        word. lol, can’t even go back on my g1… my gf’s using my g1 haha

  • alex

    I don’t understand the point of this whole article. First people complained that T-Mobile didn’t get good smartphones at all. Then when they did start getting good smartphones (TP2) people complained that shortly after all the other carriers got the same phone. Then when Tmobile gets the best phone available in the world exclusivley amoung US carriers (HD2) people complain becuase in three months later basically the same phone plus android and a few more megapixels on the camera is coming out (Evo).

    I think Tmobile is doing just fine in its smartphone offerings. The only screw up is letting the nexus1 be sold exclusively by google.

    • equisxx23

      the problem is that they do bring some good phone, but nothin to compete with the other company’s

    • ReadingGood

      To this day I’m STILL confused as to how some of you think T-mobile is responsible for anything to do w/ the Nexus One. That’s all google, and always will be.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      “The only screw up is letting the nexus1 be sold exclusively by google.”

      Huh? Do you have info that the rest of the world does not? LOL.

      Your statement lacks foundation and at best is backasswards. Google called the shots on everything, not T-Mobile.

      You do realize that the N1 is a phone that Google brought out. The handset is not a T-Mobile product. The Nexus One is a Google phone and T-Mobile had absolutely nothing to do with it except agree with Google that T-Mobile would be the exclusive carrier providing wireless services.

      Seeing how the N1 debut was a pretty big deal (as measured by fact that the nightly news covered the phone’s debut) T-Mobile being the carrier associated with the phone is actually an achievement, not a screwup.

      And as far as marketing, pricing and selling, T-Mobile had no say at all about that, except maybe some T-Mobile execs might have said Google’s experiment was risky.

      If anyone had a say about the N1 it was HTC. Before the N1 debuted HTC said that it would no longer make phones for companies like Google. (Can you say “Sorry Dell, we won’t be making your handsets.”)

      HTC said that the N1 was the last phone it would be making for third parties as it wanted to concentrate providing handsets ONLY to established carriers. That’s why you won’t see an HTC follow-up to the N1.

      • alex

        I didn’t say it was Tmobiles fault, I was just saying besides the Nexus1, I think that every highend smartphone relase Tmo has done was done acceptably.

    • rushmore

      alex, do you work for marketing at Tmo and trying to get promoted? ;)

      1. TP2 did not even get a 3.5 jack that Verizon got, just when people were (finally)becoming sensitive to it.

      2. HD2 was launched with a dead OS and even HD2 lovers are now complaining due to lag and trying to sell the HD2. Big business at least on eBay ;) The touch screen sensors on the device are older tech as well. EVO will have updated sensors and work with multi-touch as intended (well).

      HD2 is not even getting Flash, or WP7. It was outdated when released. EVO is getting Android 2.2, Flash 10.1, better touch technology. How is that basically the same? Kind of like saying a Pacer and Mustang are basically the same car ;)

      • rushmore

        And HDMI out and more robust 3D chipset. Yeah, it is basically the same phone- That’s the ticket ;)

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Don’t forget the Secondary Camera which is the main thing I’m upset about the HD2 not having. >:(

      • chris

        sorry to break your bubble. but that’s tech. these days, product launched today could be obsolete by tomorrow. no one really cares if T-mo released HD2 5 months later and with a “dead” OS.

        people still bought the HD2. and it did pretty well.

        was it really a bad thing that T-mo brought a phone with a “dead” os? you see, not everyone has to have the newest OS. some people wanted the old OS just fine. believe it or not, some people still prefer XPs than Vista and win7, and XPs are still sold by retailers. doesn’t mean that its bad? it just meant more selection. more demographics = more customers.

  • SEFan

    The HTC phone that became the MyTouch (blanking the name) was a known quantity for a while before it rolled on T-Mo. By then it was overshadowed by the Hero. The Samsung Galaxy was out for nearly a year before it morphed into the Behold II and surfaced. What looked like a decent device when it first became available was stale technology by the time T-Mo rolled it. Why does it take so long for T-Mo to get a device into the system? New and better devices are always going to come. You have to get them WHILE they’re new; if you wait too long you look slow and stale.

    The HD2 story is just sad. Having Microsquish roll out 7 Mobile (what DO they call it now??) just before the HD2 was launching sort of stole some of the thunder. And who knew that Microsquish would declare the HD2 a dead end because of the button issue? And face it; most of us would kill for an HD2 running Android. The MyTouch Slide is a start, but no more than mid-range in the current smartphone universe.

    I still have some hopes for T-Mo, but I’m beginning to lose patience. The MyTouch Slide has an audience out there, but I’m not part of it. I dislike the added thickness and weight of a physical keyboard (if not for that I’d be using an N900 right now). My current phone is starting to fail. I need a new cool phone or I need to migrate. Hurry up guys!!

  • Smith

    Microsquis?
    7 Mobile (what DO they call it now??) ?
    would kill for an HD2 running Android?

    Really!? I mean Really!?

    Your story is just sad. You are just Android fanboy and you can just troll and call names. And your post just show how much you know.

    You may have some hopes for T-Mobile but I have no hopes for you!

    • SEFan

      Android fanboy?! My seconds will call on you directly!

      Seriously, if I’m a “fanboy” for anything it’s the iPhone. Would have had one long ago if it didn’t mean migrating to AT&T. So apart from some name-calling, do you have anything useful to input here? A counterargument for the larger point I was making about T-Mo being slow to market with their new devices?

      As for the MS comments, you sound like a bit of a fanboy yourself. If the early looks at 7 Mobile (we’ll call it that for this discussion) are borne out by the final OS, Microsoft will be back in the mobile game. Maybe. The fact is they let WinMo coast for a long time, and they’ve paid for it in lost market share. I had a look at the HD2 – brilliant hardware, and HTC tried their best to overlay the base OS, but they can’t cover all the bad habits. The app market is sorely lacking, and not likely to get better since 6.5 is a dead end. And you gotta love the way MS waited until just after the launch of the best WinMo device around – just incidentally the flagship phone for T-Mobile – to announce that no, it wouldn’t be upgradable to 7 because of some stupid button issue. Not quite the chokehold on the platform that Apple has with iPhone World, but a close second.

      So yeah, I have a bit of a mad on at MS over mobile issues. And yes, I’d buy an HD2 running Android 2.1 in a second. Or a Nexus 1 if I could buy it from T-Mobile instead of Google. If you’re a true fan of all things WinMo, sorry. I really didn’t mean to offend. And thanks for the laugh.. Android fanboy; gotta love it.

  • Jayridius

    A phone that has HSPA+ support that looks like the HD2 and runs Android 2.1 or 2.2!

  • Tpavey

    I think if the Nexus One were available in T-mobile stores this discussion wouldn’t be happening. While hardware wise the Evo may overshadow it, the N1 is the device Google is likely testing all of their upgrades on. It will be the first to get Android 2.2 and likely future upgrades.

    To go along with this, T-mobile needs to treat current customers better to retain them. T-mobile has decent pricing for a single line with internet, but when you start to have multiple phones on the same account with web access they get just as expensive as the big two. Sprint has by far better pricing on their data plans. Sprint also has upgrades after one year available to customers. Their flagship phone is $100 less for NEW customers than it is for existing customers who are upgrade eligible AND you can’t put it on a family plan.

    The things that made T-mobile great, customer service and pricing, are no longer the best in the industry and their phones are lacking. Without some major overhaul to their busisness practices I don’t think a one or two phones will make a difference. I’m a T-mobile customer of 9 years… This is the first time I’ve ever contemplated switching.

    Back on topic… If the Dell lightning comes to T-mobile it will really help as well.

  • ET

    Please tell me one thing about any of those three phones that is better than either the Droid or the Incredible? The only reason that TMO isn’t the laughing stock of the android community now is the Nexus One (which is a whole different category of phone due to being sold directly by google). How am I supposed to get excited about the myTouch Slide’s 600Mhz processor when the competition has 800 or 1000? TMO is doing worse than playing catch up they are lagging behind. And don’t think I am some verizon troll, I have been a TMO customer since before they were T-Mobile. I just want a phone that has a competitive processor ~1Ghz and a physical keyboard on magenta. Is there one on the horizon? If all rumors are believed in their most optimistic varieties a not this year :(

    • rushmore

      Now now, at least the Slide will get Flash 10.1…… nevermind- aint happening ;)

    • Tpavey

      As I quickly mentioned above it is rumored that the Dell Lightning will hit T-mobile based on the frequency bands seen. It is a vertical slider with 1GHz processor. This won’t be until the holiday season though.

      You didn’t mention Android, but you did only list Android phones so I’m not sure if that excites you.

  • SiriousBlack

    I hope this info is true, I love being on Tmo but they do need a boost in phones. Just a correction, the mytouch slide will not be the first android phone tmo has with camera flash, the cliq xt has been out for a bit now and it has a flash.

  • trife

    Is anyone TRULY excited about the new MyTouch? Seriously, this being the flagship phone for TMO pretty much sums it up.

  • Kerry

    I bought a G1 the December after it came out. I had an iPod touch, but I fell in love with the Android OS (and I can’t stand AT&T). Each new SW updated just furthered my love of my phone and Android. Sure I saw other phones pop up but I had faith that TMO would keep getting us updates and eventually replace the G1 with something good.

    When the N1 rolled I was excited, but then you could only get it from Google and only if you paid full price or changed your calling plan… oh yeah, please do that phone unseen and just hope you like it. Oh, and BTW lots of people are having 3G issues, we don’t know why… and we tried a fix but you are now on your own if you are one of those folks. Spec-wise, and look and feel… the N1 looks great. But I don’t have a sense that N1 owners have “all that and a bag of chips”.

    So I keep looking and hoping. My tired old G1 is apparently being left for the recycling bin. Its outdated before my contract was even up. It was crippled by low storage space and memory the day we bought it. Moving around in my G1 isn’t as fun as it once was… I see people at work with Droids and think “why TMO? How could you let us Android pioneers down???”

    I feel let down… we were on the cutting edge a year and a half ago. Apple snubbed their nose at us. As Android got more popular Apple started thinking “maybe that upstart has something”… now the mighty Apple is putting features in their OS that have been lacking for years.

    If you could take an iphone OS and Android OS and shuffle in all the good parts and take out the bad stuff you would have a mighty powerful, efficient, fun phone to use. Maybe that’s what the iphone will become.

    If TMO were to get the iphone (that worked at 3G speeds) I’d seriously have to consider getting one. Its music player is superior to anything on Android (I’ve downloaded and tried most of them). Being able to install updates yourself would be nice. And since they are adding multitasking and other features I start to think “maybe, just maybe”.

  • Special K

    This article is a God send…I kid you not. There has definitely been an issue with T-Mobile grabbing the second rate phones, or not advertising them properly. If I worked in T-Mobile’s marketing department, I would have lots of ideas to bounce around. Consumers want an image, and a brief description of why it fits their lifestyle. They also want to know why T-Mobile is a better choice for them. Whether it be for individuals, young adults, families (which seems to be the current focus), they need to know that T-Mobile is the BEST option.

    The main problem with the handsets is that T-Mobile retail associates as well as customer care/tech support associates are paid to hype the devices up, and give consumers an idea as to what things can be accomplished; but with second rate specs and software, the experience never pans out. Also, releasing devices with out of date software has been a common trend on T-Mobile for quite some time.

    Do not get me wrong, the HD2 from a tech standpoint is an absolutely marvelous phone. However, the problem is once you get past the beautiful Sense UI on the device, you are met with the freezing/crashing/sluggish/internetdoesntconnect/icannotpowermyphoneon/whycantIunlockmyphone problems that Windows Mobile 6 series has experienced for years! The second Microsoft killed the notion that this device will be upgradable to Windows Mobile 7 series, I knew right there the HD2 will cause great dissatisfaction. If you fast forward probably 6 months from now when every other carrier (including T-Mobile) is coming out with Windows Mobile 7 series devices, those same customers who bought an out of date software on the HD2 will be asking if we can upgrade and the answer will definitely be no. You can’t be serious when a “flagship” device is out of date in a mere 6 months.

    Now, we have devices like the Garminfone coming out, where the audience is so narrow, the software is already out of date and based on what I have heard, there may not even be a software update for it. This to me is a problem. The Nokia Nuron a few weeks back also has software that has since been upgraded upon, and who knows if that will be upgraded.

    T-Mobile, if you are reading this; this is what consumers want. They want a phone with kick ass specs, and software that isn’t outdated the second they pick the device up. They want to then see commercials (minus the arm and a leg) that appeals to how they use their phones, how they stay in touch, and how T-Mobile’s offering is superior to the competition. They want to hear about how the network has been expanded. They want to hear about how you have increased the 3G network at a pace faster than anybody else. After seeing a commercial and a list of devices, you want consumers to feel, “Wow, these guys really stepped their game up.”

    Unfortunately, it has been the same cycle, and I am hoping that T-Mobile does step their game up because I really do like the company.

    • analog spirit

      Exactly. I had some bizarre issues with my HD2 so I took it right back to T-Mo the day after I got it, which was a shame ‘cos I really liked the hardware, just not the software… I really like the company too, and I have no intention of ever leaving T-Mo if I can help it, ‘cos I’m totally happy with my unlimited Even More Plus plan. But they need to get some better phones in their line-up, like, for example, that EVO 4G or rather, T-Mo’s own GSM/HSPA+ version of it… I don’t care much for Sprint, but whenever I see that EVO 4G, I have to admit, it’s kind-of tempting… That thing has all the functions I’ve ever wanted in a phone and then some. If T-Mo came out with their own version of that, I’d buy it right away.

  • Djkay

    I have been debating on leaving T-mobile for the Sprint EVO 4g or getting a Nexus one at full price. The my touch is a JOKE! Any advise?

    • Motivated

      I was thinking the same thing. I’ve had my G1 since the day it came out. Changing the ROM and hacking my phone is getting old. I need a RELIABLE phone! So I may just wait until August or September to see if T-Mobile comes out with something spectacular that will rival the HTC EVO.

  • newspeak

    the mytouch slide should not even be in the conversation ….its coming in june around the same time that the evo 4g is coming out ….if the galaxy s comes to att around the same time thats just one more nail in the coffin

    i love tmo’s prices but i don’t understand why i have to settle for a mytouch slide

    at this point i hear the term mytouch and cringe ….the brand to me means underpowered and out of date phones

  • Keenan

    What about the HTC Desire. Can you imagine it if we got the Desire?!?!? *Drooling* LOL

  • BronxBebe

    Ehh.. I’m just here cos the cats eyes caught my eye ;-p

  • kast

    What about the rumored “Motorola data device” that was supposed to arrive in July? Have we also forgotten about the Motoroi, or has that phone been killed? I’ve been a Tmo customer for 6+ years, but I’m tired of getting left behind in the smartphone race. If things don’t change soon, I think it’s Evo 4G for me.

  • jmcuevas50

    Right on straight to the point you are correct with your comments T-Mobile needs to step up theyre game.

  • Eldon

    You know your a Geek when instead of cheering at a sporting event, you cheer for your mobile phone provider..LMAO

    • analog spirit

      LOL!!!

  • aksnoopy

    I don’t care about ANOTHER MyTouch (slide or otherwise), nor HD2, nor IPhone moving to TMobile! I’d love to see a really high end Android phone like the Dell Thunder come to TMobile!

  • Bobert

    lamest article i have ever read. wow the galaxy s..no flash on the camera in the contact UI looks like it was created by a kindergartener.
    oh gee whiz the iphone is coming to t mobile wow. get this guy out of here don’t let him write articles again yawn.
    this lame article is yet another perfect example of how badly t mobile blows ass

  • John

    Where AT&T is the iPhone company Tmobile can be the Android company. But what’s wrong with microsoft’s new foray? Kin? Windows phone 7?

  • JT

    I’m not sure if myTouch slide or other phones with keyboard have much attraction to average people. T-Mobile and this site somehow believe that phones with keyboard are better phones but the facts point to different reality. HD2 doesn’t have keyboard and T-Mobile can’t keep up with supply. Everyone knows about iPhone. Hero didn’t have key pad and it kicked G1′s butt all over. And I bet only 100 people bought Touch Pro2 , Motorola clic and other slider phones.

    High power touch screen only phones like HD2, HTC EVO 4G and iPhone will sell like hot cakes and T-Mobile need to keep up by leading not following the market with new and best phones.

    I have been with T-Mobile on and off since 2002 and HD2 is the 2nd phone I bought from them. Always had to buy from ebay because T-Mobile had no phones worth spending a dime on it and even if they got one, it was a year after everyone else had it.

  • Reece

    meh @ iPhone speculation

    I’m dead to the idea of having an iPhone now, I mean it would’ve been awesome 3 years ago but Android surpassed it in many ways IMO.

    Again, the myTouch Slide is pretty cool, but it does NOTHING for folks who wants a 1ghz phone. Nexus One would of course kill alot of the bitching done on here (at least mines) by 100 fold if, you know.. it actually could be used with any current plan and not destroy Family Plans for the sub’d price.

    All in all, T-Mobile needs to bring in a “superphone” to ail the bitching of many users feeling left out with the Evo 4G, Incredible and the 1ghz LG android phone that Verizon will get on top of the Incredible (include their Motorola Droid and Verizon is pretty much have the best balanced roster of Android phones arguably with 3 out of their 4 being highend devices).

    What’s lost in all of this? The HTC Desire will be sold by US Cellular, US CELLULAR!! *sigh*

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I have a question about MobiTV. On the HD2, is Mobitv a seperate charge from the data plan?

  • Trace Elements

    HTC Incredible! Forget the iPhone, chart a course away from Apple!

  • Brandon from Cleveland………. UH Oh be careful Cavs!!

    Well I’m going to buy the Nexus one full price on May 29th so can keep my loyalty plan and if it has 3g connectivity problems ima send it back and get the incredible on Vzw. Don’t want to leave T-Mo but whateverits been fun since ’04. was going to get the MtSlide but after watching the preview video today ITS WACK and i want a snapdragon processor. Anyone know the return policy on the Nexus just in case on the 29th?

  • DeeLirious

    PLEASE T-MO at the very least give us Android OS 2.1, 4″ screen, snapdragon 1000 processor or better, Sense UI, and front facing camera for skype. Please? Please?? PLEASE???

  • mobileswitch

    im confused… how is it TMOnews and every commenter failed to mention the Dell Streak (MINI 5) …..? unless i am mistaken it has already been cleared through the FCC boasting Tmo’s AWS bands and the leaked Dell roadmap states a summer launch on TMO. this is a beast of a device and id make the move for it.

  • Floss

    Dude i’m going to be an asshole really fast. SHUT UP!

    Alright now this is personal opinion supported with experience and facts.

    When you’re attracting a smartphone crowd. You need smartphones that are lust worthy. The Droid isn’t the phone the MyTouch 3G Slide should be competiting with I say that because of the specs: a 600mhz processor, 512mb ram, and 512mb rom.
    Let’s compare: the myTouch 3G slide looks like a nexus one with a face change, and a keyboard. The motorola droid has a bigger screen, same specs (appx), and a subpar up keyboard. One difference, VERIZON MARKETS THE DROID.

    I have yet to see a myTouch3G Slide commercial. It seems as if T-Mobile takes all the tester phones that the companies want to experiment with (HTC, Samsung etc etc). The HTC HD2 was out one full year before we recieved it (now we see the Sprint EVO), the touch pro2 was out one full year before we recieved it (speaking world wide), the nexus one is a sex machine but now we have the Sprint EVO, HTC Incredible, etc. The myTouch 3G was and is a half assed phone; if HTC is pumping 1GHZ snapdragon processing powerhouses for android phones why can’t we get an T-Mo powerhouse variant. How about we get a Palm OS device, how about we release one of the first Windows Phone 7 Series phone (what i’m waiting for).

    Where’s the HSPA+ capable phones? Where’s the T-Mobile 3G map that looks a lot more like Verizon’s instead of a toddler splattering paint on the map of the USA.

    What I want as a t-mo user. I want a phone like the HTC EVO for sprint, I don’t want an updated HTC HD2 with a front facing camera I want to get the HTC HD3 before any other company in the world has it. I want the lowest spec’d phones to have an 800mhz processor instead of selling crap that’s underpowered like every android phone we have for sale.

    Why is it that the Touch Pro2 runs better than all other Android devices? The hardware was actually developed thoroughly. My girlfriend has the cliq, her phone stutters every once in a while and it does that no matter how much I kill the tasks via task manager. And when I run android 2.1 on my phone it makes her phone look like a parapelligic running track next to usain bolt. (Sense UI enabled or disabled).

    T-Mo needs a complete market remake. Drop the crap smart phones, they need to get atleast 6 really good smart phones and run with those.

    I would take the following line up and update accordingly:
    BlackBerry Bold and Curve (latest flavors), HTC HD2 and TouchPro2 (and then 2 WindowsPhone7 phones-all touch and then slider), 2 Android phones : 1 for business, 1 powerhouse (Nexus One), 1 Nokia meebo smartphone (when released), and 1 Palm OS device or wait for the next version.

    That will cover the whole range of smartphones. Everyone will be satisfied.
    The reason I take time to say Palm is because the Palm Pre is the BEST phone I’ve ever used compared to any other phone of its release date up to the Droid’s release. The software isn’t bad neither is the hardware, the advertising just wasn’t there. And this is an unbiased opinion across all mobile OS’s.

    I’m done, take it or leave it. T-Mo is taking half-assed steps to catching up. And it’s not hard to accomplish this. You could make a 2 year plan and actually progress like they did with their growing 3G network (which i’m actually pretty pleased with). It seems like a lot it really isn’t and this could be accomplished in a year but it’s pretty overwhelming so a 2 year plan would be considering the amount of money to be spent.