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T-Mobile on a Roll

11:40 AM -- T-Mobile US Inc. has been on a PR roll this week, launching its first High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)-Plus smartphone, announcing its second HSPA+ smartphone, turning on 16 new HSPA+ markets, and prepping to carry the first Windows Phone 7 devices starting next week.

During the past week, the US's fourth-largest wireless operator has:

  • Indicated it will be standing alongside Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) next Monday when the companies launch the first Windows Phone 7 devices. Although AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) was thought to be the exclusive launch partner for the new devices, Microsoft's official invite reportedly noted that T-Mob reps will be present to show the devices and discuss their service offering. [Ed. Note: It appears Microsoft has removed T-Mobile's inclusion from its invite, although those who got it early saw the evidence.]

  • The carrier's first HSPA+ smartphone, the High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) (Taiwan: 2498)-built G2, first announced last month, is now on sale -- a few days earlier than expected. (See T-Mobile Unveils Fastest 3G Android.)

  • T-Mobile introduced the HTC myTouch, an updated version of its existing myTouch family. The new phone will come equipped with a front-facing camera for video chat on 3G or WiFi, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and Android 2.2. It is also the second device, after the G2, capable of running on the carrier's HSPA+ network where available. (See T-Mob Launches HSPA+ myTouch Phone.)

  • Coincidentally, that zippy 3G network is now available in more places. T-Mobile added 16 new US cities to its HSPA+ roster, including Denver, San Francisco, Phoenix and Tuscon, and West Palm Beach, Fla. The carrier says it's still on track to cover 100 markets by the end of the year.

T-Mobile will be on hand this week at CTIA, where we hope to find out more about its network plans, talks with Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), and movement on the machine-to-machine front. (See LTE Watch: The CTIA & '4G' and What's Really Behind Clearwire's Board Reshuffling?)

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

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