T-Mobile has no plans to introduce LTE handsets

18 May 2012

T-Mobile Austria has no immediate plans to launch a Long Term Evolution (LTE) smartphone for its 4G customers, DerStandard.at reports. Following the company’s introduction of the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 LTE tablet earlier this month, vice president of service management Athanasios Avgeridis confirmed that the cellco has no plans to offer an LTE-suitable smartphone, as any device would currently have to switch to GSM or UMTS for voice calls, which it said would impact on the quality of service it strives to provide. On 1 March 2012 T-Mobile’s chief rival A1 Telekom Austria stole a march on its competitors when it became the first Austrian carrier to launch an LTE-suitable handset – the HTC Velocity 4G LTE. The handset supports transmission speeds of up to 100Mbps/50Mbps (down/uplink).

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