T-Mobile: $1,000 says the Galaxy S 4G is faster than your iPhone

By on April 29, 2011, 12:18 PM
T-Mobile has launched a Seattle Speed Challenge in which it is asking iPhone users to bring in their phone into one of 10 of the company's participating stores to take part in a speed challenge. Between April 29, 2011 and May 1, 2011, if your Apple iPhone can beat the Samsung Galaxy S 4G in two out of three download speed tests, T-Mobile will give you $1,000.

T-Mobile says it has been making significant improvements to its network, and it is now confident that the Galaxy S 4G running on T-Mobile's 4G network can beat the iPhone, which runs on Verizon's and AT&T's 3G networks. Here are the 10 addresses for the locations of the speed challenge in Seattle: 1527 6th Avenue, 13242 Aurora Avenue, 1216 N. 45th Street, 8355 15th Avenue NW, 12513 Lake City Way NE, 401 NE Northgate Way, 1012 Bellevue Square, 3720 128th Avenue SE, 20804 Bothell Everett Hwy, and 7521 166th Avenue NE.

Here are the official Speed Challenge Requirements:

  1. Speed challenge offered 4/29/2011 through 5/1/2011; subject to change. First come, first served. Participating locations only.
  2. Limit one speed challenge per person.
  3. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states or D.C.; iPhone models used on the AT&T or Verizon Wireless network (and not over Wi-Fi) only.
  4. Participants must agree to complete a T-Mobile survey / information form.
  5. Participants must download a free speed test Application specified by T-Mobile; standard data charges apply.
  6. Speed challenge consists of three tests of the Galaxy S 4G versus the iPhone based solely on download speeds as measured by the Application; participants will be eligible to receive $1,000 if their iPhones are faster in two out of the three tests.
  7. Successful participants must provide contact information; affidavit of eligibility and a liability release may be required.
  8. $1,000 provided in form of check; allow 6-8 weeks for delivery. All applicable taxes are the sole responsibility of the recipient. If check is returned as non-deliverable or participant is not eligible, $1,000 will be forfeited and T-Mobile will have no further obligation.

T-Mobile specifically chose Seattle because its HSPA+ 4G network is not available everywhere. The Galaxy S 4G is designed with HSPA+4G technology, but it's not the only 4G phone T-Mobile offers; there's also the T-Mobile myTouch 4G and the T-Mobile G2, both manufactured by HTC.

T-Mobile has always fought hard against AT&T and Verizon with different types of marketing campaigns. This one comes at an interesting time though. Last month, AT&T announced that AT&T announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at approximately $39 billion.




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Raswan Raswan said:

Ha! Sweet. Will be sorry to see T-mobile's creative advert team go extinct when AT&T gobbles them up.

Guest said:

Faster at what, being obsolete?

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I lol'ed when I read this part:

5. Participants must download a free speed test Application specified by T-Mobile

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

If you can get 4G,

Actually get 4G,

Which is totally false, why do they say 4G, when, if you are lucky to have perfect, absolutely perfect conditions, that are totally impossible with the avanced technology we have today.

Unless your phone is physically hooked up to a T1 line, with fiber optic cable, u will then get true 4G.

ya right, 4G.... what false advertising......at the most u will get up to 1G... at any giving time, if u are lucky....standing next to the transmitter tower...

princeton princeton said:

3dcgmodeler said:

If you can get 4G,

Actually get 4G,

Which is totally false, why do they say 4G, when, if you are lucky to have perfect, absolutely perfect conditions, that are totally impossible with the avanced technology we have today.

Unless your phone is physically hooked up to a T1 line, with fiber optic cable, u will then get true 4G.

ya right, 4G.... what false advertising......at the most u will get up to 1G... at any giving time, if u are lucky....standing next to the transmitter tower...

1G is analog. I'm not sure you really understand network technology. Just because 4G networks such as LTE advanced are theoretically capable of getting a certain speed doesn't mean you need to get that speed consistently for the network to be considered 4G.

Is T-Mobiles HSPA+ actually 4G according to the original ITU definition? No. Is it considered 4G after the ITU caved into the American cell providers false advertising? Yes.

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

Data bytes travel back and forth, sent-recieved..

The speed they travel is not at there advertised speed....and ... we have all the equipment here at work and the servers to see what is transmitting at..

Beleieve me when u have the technology right in front of you and see it with you eyes....

Believe me it does not transmit at 4G as they say...daaaaa

T77 T77 said:

"Participants must agree to complete a T-Mobile survey / information form."

Yes why not and then you bombard the consumers with all kinds of useless and hopeless advertisements and promotions....

"Participants must download a free speed test Application specified by T-Mobile; " Yeah sure LOLz!!!

princeton princeton said:

Data bytes travel back and forth, sent-recieved..

The speed they travel is not at there advertised speed....and ... we have all the equipment here at work and the servers to see what is transmitting at..

Beleieve me when u have the technology right in front of you and see it with you eyes....

Believe me it does not transmit at 4G as they say...daaaaa

You aren't advertised that you'll get 100mbps. Again more evidence that you understand little to nothing about cellular tech. You need to be more convincing, saying "it does not transmit at 4G" shows lack of knowledge. You should be saying "it does not transmit at the speeds which 4G networks should run at"

You're advertised an average of 7-12mbps downstream and that's what you should be getting. If you feel you're not getting speeds like that then go take it up with the verizon technical specialists.

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