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T-Mobile Challenges iPhone Users – Winner Gets $1,000

T-Mobile says the Samsung Galaxy S 4G is faster than the Apple iPhone regardless of case color. To prove it, they are offering $1,000 to anyone who can prove them wrong. But, be assured, the game?s rigged.

Can You earn this bill by being an Apple fan?
Can You earn this bill by being an Apple fan?

iPhone owners can take the challenge at any of ten T-Mobile stores in the  Seattle Washington area this weekend. And that?s their technology advantage ? read on. Also, you need to hurry it?s only happening Friday April 29 through  Sunday May 1, right before the new Samsung Galaxy S II hits the US.

Is the iPhone Good Enough to Make You $1,000 Richer?
Is the iPhone Good Enough to Make You $1,000 Richer?

T-Mobile is so confident that Verizon and AT&T?s 3G networks aren?t up to snuff, they are putting their money where their mouth is. If you have an iPhone, it costs nothing to try for the brass ring. Rules are simple: one challenge per customer, no WiFi, testing is accomplished via a T-Mobile specified application, your iPhone must download faster in two out of three attempts, and players must complete an informational survey. Ah ha! A mailing list of prospective customers, but we all know there is no such thing as a free lunch.

T-Mobile chose Seattle Washington as the site to challenge the iPhoneGalaxy S 4G is designed with HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access) technology. AT&T is planning to add LTE (Long Term Evolution) to its HSPA+ networking in mid-2011 which they claim will add even faster times to the mobile experience. Currently, they say that with enhanced backhaul their network speeds reach approximately 6 Mbps. T-Mobile claims peak speeds of nearly 12Mbps. MSNBC did a speed test comparison if you?d like to see for yourself. T-Mobile also has an ad that demonstrates the slow vs fast concept by three sets of comparisons: people using the stairs next to those using the escalator; a sidewalk divided into a walkway and a skateboard path; and two swimming lanes, one with a swift athlete in the pool outdistancing a paddle-board-assisted swimmer in the other.

Oh, BTW, AT&T also notes that 4G speeds are only available in select cities. Seattle isn?t exactly one of them. An MSNBC speed test showed T-Mobile outdistancing AT&T and Verizon in New York City and Atlanta, Georgia. Is Seattle prime T-Mobile territory also?

As of March, AT&T apparently wasn?t serving the area well. Dan Youmans, president of AT&T Washington, says the company plans to "make network improvements in the Seattle area this year." They will deploy enhanced backhaul connections to two-thirds of the area?s cell sites, which combined with HSPA+ will deliver 4G speeds to the community. T-Mobile seems to be striking while the iron?s hot, before AT&T gets its act together in Bill Gates? hometown.

Ironically, AT&T is in the process of acquiring T-Mobile, the smallest of the major wireless carriers in the US. However, T-Mobile is promising that it will remain an independent company and competitor of AT&T until the deal is sealed, supposedly not until sometime next year. What is being called The Seattle Challenge of the Samsung Galaxy S on T-Mobile vs the iPhone on AT&T or Verizon highlights their continuing rivalry.

4G comes in a variety of flavors, not all equal. However, Neville Ray, T-Mobile?s CTO, says, "There’s very little difference" between T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 and Verizon’s LTE." In comparison to Verizon however, a J.D. Power and Associates customer survey placed Verizon Wireless at the top of the list in wireless carrier?s call quality in five of six regions. T-Mobile was rated below average in all six regions. Still, being faster than AT&T could benefit T-Mobile in Seattle.

Samsung Galaxy S II coming in early next weekSo could having the Galaxy S II, just released in South Korea and coming to the USA in May. Its 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen display promises enhanced readability, a slimmer design, and better battery consumption, along with a Dual Core Processor ticking at 1GHz, Game Hub, and Music Hub. The smartphone?s on-device encryption to protect your mobile data, and Cisco?s AnyConnect and WebEx makes it a great choice not only for personal use, but for enterprise applications as well.

The Seattle Challenge could also be a small poke in the ribs to Apple following the lawsuit filing over mobile technology patent infringements and design copying. We?ll have to wait and see how the Galaxy S II fits into that scenario.