T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G Taking on the iPhone 4 and AT&T?

T-Mobile’s new myTouch 4G wants to take on both the iPhone and AT&T at the same time. How? Well the myTouch 4G by HTC has video calling abilities of its own over 3G instead of just Wi-Fi like Apple’s FaceTime in the iPhone 4. T-Mobile is also claiming to have the largest 4G network in the country and has slammed the iPhone and AT&T in its new advertisement. Video after the jump!

T-Mobile’s myTouch 4G commercial

First things first, let’s take a look at the “America’s largest 4G network” claim. There are competing technologies that go by the term ‘4G’. What is defined as 4G on one carrier is not 4G on another carrier. T-Mobile uses what I generally refer to as 3.5G here on Wirelessground. No, it is not the same technology that AT&T and Verizon Wireless are implementing right now for their coming 4G networks, but it is fast. As fast as Sprint’s WiMax technology. WiMax is called 4G by Sprint too. Confused yet?

Don’t think of 4G as a single technology, but rather as the next generation of cellular data transmission. 2G, 3G and 4G have never referred to specific technologies but rather each refers to the ‘next generation’ of wireless data for each carrier. Still confused? AT&T might disagree that T-Mobile’s 4G is really 4G since the iPhone 4 already uses it on AT&T’s existing 3.5G network.

I’ll try again. Yes, T-Mobile’s ‘4G’ network runs as fast as Sprint’s 4G and as fast as AT&T and Verizon’s 4G networks when they get rolling. FiOS, DSL and cable modems are all broadband but use different technology to achieve their data transfer speeds. It’s the same with the carriers and their 4G claims.

Second, the myTouch 4G really does video calling over the company’s 4G network. AT&T has prevented Apple from allowing the iPhone 4 from doing this on AT&T’s 3G network even though the phone can achieve T-Mobile’s 4G speeds in certain regions. Now, being a long time T-Mobile subscriber in the past, I can state that from my experience, T-Mobile’s network drops a lot more calls than AT&T’s but they have been improving it a lot recently.

Finally, the myTouch 4G is an excellent smartphone from HTC. If you want to do video calling without Wi-Fi, it is definitely one of your better choices out there and certainly one of the coolest phones T-Mobile is selling. Is the myTouch 4G better than the iPhone 4? I wouldn’t go that far, but T-Mobile has a point about FaceTime. What good is it if you can’t do it on the go? You might as well just get an iPod touch 4.

What do you think of the commercial? Going to switch from AT&T and your iPhone 4 to T-Mobile and the myTouch 4G? No? Didn’t think so, but as the carriers get more competitive and more phones start shipping with front facing video cameras, our options are going to keep getting better.

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