T-Mobile kicked off CTIA with a few announcements today, first confirming the G2x, a rebranded Optimus 2X with the specs we heard about way back in December. You can check out our hands-on with the LG original here, but of course the new device will be slightly more T-Mobileish. It’s running 2.2, no word on 2.3.
They’re leaning on 4G pretty hard: new 42Mbps networks will go live in New York, Orlando, and Las Vegas… well, soon. And they’ll expand to Chicago, Long Island, and Jersey later on. The only time frame given was 25 markets by mid-year, which leaves them plenty of wiggle room. I’d expect smaller announcements in the coming weeks, or perhaps friendly text messages to T-Mobile customers.
They also announced some new 4G mobile broadband hardware: a 4G Mobile Hotspot and a few new laptop sticks. The Rocket 3.0 will be taking advantage of the new 42Mbps service (wherever it’s offered), and the Rocket 4G and Jet 2.0 will top out at 21Mbps. That last one will be “free” with mail-in rebate and a two-year contract, which is to say not free at all.
Lastly, the Sidekick 4G will be hitting for $100 with contract and mail-in rebate. So there’s that.
No more or availability for the other gear was announced, though we’ve heard April 20th for the G2x and the press release says Spring.