Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android Smartphone Review

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Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android Smartphone ReviewWhen it comes to smartphones and wireless data services, 4G is definitely one of the hottest features today. And while various wireless service providers are touting their 4G networks and upcoming plans for 4G, there are still a relatively small number of smartphones that actually support 4G technology and can take full advantage of the speed boost and other advantages 4G provides.

The latest 4G device from T-Mobile is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. This phone works on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network, which uses a different technical standard than Sprint or Verizon Wireless' 4G networks. According to T-Mobile, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is the wireless carrier's first smartphone that is capable of delivering theoretical peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps while in one of T-Mobile's 4G coverage areas...

Samsung Galaxy S 4G Android Smartphone Review

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Also don't forget that unless the FTC/FCC blocks the sale of T-Mob to AT&T, this phone will only be good for a year or so.

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Dave_HH replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 1:08 PM

How do you figure that? AT&T will fold in T-Mo's network when it's all settled.

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In the case of carrier buyouts in the past, phones have been carried over and allowed to work on the "new" carriers' network. Since AT&T and T-Mobile both use GSM, I don't see why this phone couldn't work on AT&T's network assuming the buyout goes through.

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LLeCompte replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 3:48 PM

In about 2 years or so tmobile's phones wont work. ATT wants to use the current 4g 1700mhz for their LTE rollout. This is a good phone, but i like the mytouch 4g more. It just has more features that i like.

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Inspector replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 4:41 PM

Ya what dave said makes more sense infinityz, AT&T won't remove all the current tmobile users, its still a source of income and part of AT&T then.

As for LLECompte, who keeps a phone for more then 2 years? :P lol

Does the whole unit not look like an iphone? xD even the app display is similar :P But im looking for a good android phone to switch to, so lets keep those choices coming!

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 10:33 PM

From what I have heard At&t said that T-Mobiles phones probably will not work on their network as the two networks use different frequencies, and while they may use there frequencies it would probably be for LTE. While that would make it 4G the only network this specific phone has worked on a true 4G type connection it was specifically with Sprints Wimax signal. I know because I had one when I had the EPIC on Sprint. The only physical difference was the drop down keyboard which this exact model does not have. So on a GSM network all this one has ever pulled signal wise is 3.5G signal which is not 4G in any way other than a misdirection of 4G for some money by the standards board for it.

Either way whenever At&t was capable of LTE the phones would have to be refitted for correct antennae. That is the only way they would work. That would make them 2 years old on this specific release and 4 year old units by then. Who is going to use a singular smart phone for 4 years if the even still work with a 4 year old unit.

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rapid1 replied on Thu, Mar 31 2011 11:08 PM

Bye lblm88 have a nice life. As far as a Samung Galaxy phone the one I wanna see is the Samsung Galaxy S2. That one is sweet!

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All, it doesn't matter that they are both GSM.  They use different freqs which are not compatible.  AT&T has already stated that all T-Mobile customers will need a new phone within a year since they are changing over the T-Mobile spectrum for their LTE.  So about a year or less after the buyout, no phones sold by T-Mobile will work above EDGE.

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Apr 2 2011 9:51 AM

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All, it doesn't matter that they are both GSM.  They use different freqs which are not compatible.  AT&T has already stated that all T-Mobile customers will need a new phone within a year since they are changing over the T-Mobile spectrum for their LTE.  So about a year or less after the buyout, no phones sold by T-Mobile will work above EDGE.

Wait, if they're changing over the spectrum then couldn't they issue former T-Mobile customers a new SIM card. I mean certain unlocked AT&T phones are able to work when a T-Mobile SIM card is inserted, why can't the same be true for T-Mobile phones?

 

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The Galaxy S is a sweet phone in the Galaxy family and wish that it was available on the AT&T network. I suppose I could switch providers but I want a new phone now and I’m under contract. My iPhone works well enough but I was interested in flash, and a 4G network phone so my recorded and live TV from my DISH Network employee Slingbox would download faster. I watch incessantly and now my kids have and iPhone too so we are all watching constantly. I have to buy batteries by the case. The Galaxy seems like a nice enough choice, since its light.

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