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T-Mobile’s Deceptive Vocabulary

My Samsung Insight II phone includes firmware by T-Mobile. When near an up-to-date cell site, the little icon to the left of the signal strength indicator proudly displays 4G. T-Mobile Android desktop with 4G icon While I remain in the same location, when I check the phone status within the Settings app, Mobile Network Type is either UMTS or HSDPA.

Neither UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) nor HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) is considered to be 4G (Fourth Generation), yet T-Mobile calls them 4G. UMTS and HSFPA are 3G technologies that enhance GSM. They’re pretty fast (I measure 3 Mbps download speed), but they ain’t 4G (potentially up to 50 Mbps).

Once again, T-Mobile has attempted to change the definitions of words. See recent article T-Mobile’s “Unlimited Plus” data plan.

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