T-Mobile will definitely be releasing more G-series devices in 2009, almost certainly offering HSPA high-speed mobile internet access. That’s the not particularly surprising news from Neville Ray, senior vice president of engineering and operations at T-Mobile USA, who has confirmed that the carrier stands behind the Android-based smartphones in an interview with Fierce Wireless.
Ray also revealed that T-Mobile USA are looking to double their “3G reach” in 2009, referring to the amount of coverage the network offers. The device focus, however, will remain on handsets and consumer devices, rather than data cards, with Ray describing HSPA-enabled smartphones as satisfying a “sweet spot” for “compelling devices”.
“Our plan in 2009 is to double the number of covered POPs and top 208 million POPs. We expect to be in more than 300 cities by the end of 2009. That takes us to competitive parity in most areas of the country with Verizon and AT&T” Neville Ray
Unfortunately the interview did not press the engineer on specific details of upcoming Android-based devices, meaning that overall it’s slim-pickings if you’re looking for hot new information. Nonetheless, it seems to suggest that T-Mobile would be reluctant to pick up a handset such as the General Mobile DLST1, which in its current state lacks 3G support.[via MobileBurn]