Samsung, T-Mobile Roll Out Galaxy S 4G

Samsung today gave speed-obsessed smartphone consumers something new to ponder, announcing that its Galaxy S 4G smartphone -- which it claims will be the fastest smartphone running on T-Mobile's 4G network -- will be available sometime in the next few weeks.

Samsung generated a great deal of buzz earlier this month at the Consumer Electronics Show when it unveiled a Wi-Fi-only version of its Galaxy Tab and offered a preview of its forthcoming Infuse 4G smartphone. The company is following up with claims that the Galaxy S 4G model will deliver peak download speeds of 21 Mbps via T-Mobile's HSPA+ network.

Along with the speed, Galaxy S 4G will feature all the bells and whistles available from the Android 2.2 (Froyo) mobile operating system and a super AMOLED touchscreen display.

"With Galaxy S 4G, T-Mobile will deliver its fastest smartphone yet on America’s largest 4G network, providing rich entertainment virtually whenever and wherever consumers want," Cole Brodman, T-Mobile's chief marketing officer, said in a statement. "And with 4G data plans from $10 per month, we’re making blazing-fast 4G speeds and super smartphone experiences easily accessible to the millions who crave them."

T-Mobile's 4G network is now available in 100 metropolitan areas, reaching 200 million people through the U.S. The carrier plans to double the speed the of its 4G network in 2011 and expects these upgrades to be accessible to more than 140 million U.S. customers by year's end.

Company officials said they will divulge more specifics about the Galaxy S 4G in "the coming weeks."

This fall, Samsung said it shipped more than 1 million Galaxy S 3G smartphones less than two months after its debut in mid-July.

During his company's CES keynote address, Omar Khan, chief strategy officer of Samsung's mobile business unit, proclaimed Samsung as the "No. 1 Android device provider in the U.S." and announced that all Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab tablets will now be enabled to allow users to purchase entertainment programming directly through T-Mobile.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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