T-Mobile was the first carrier with an Android smartphone in the United States, starting with the venerable HTC G1 in the fall of 2008. Three years later, the carrier's still going strong with a competitive stable of Android smartphones, a loyal following of some of the most infulential hackers.

Who needs the iPhone anyway?

Let's not concern ourselves with the past, however. There's plenty in the present that makes T-Mobile the carrier that it is. And we're not just talking hardware, sexy as it may be. T-Mobile's as competetive as any on the service side as well.

The HTC Amaze 4G

Here's a phone that certainly lived up to its name, especially as much of the world was fawning over the iPhone. The Amaze 4G brought with it HTC's all new camera system, including an 8-megapixel shooter with Smartshot, which takes five photos and combines them into a single perfect picture.

Or maybe it's the BurstShot feature that has you going. It snaps five shots with just a single press of the shutter, so you never miss a piece of the action.

Or maybe it's HTC's SweepShot panorama feature, which lets you take ultrawide pictures in any direction -- horizontally or vertically.

The Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile's verison of the Samsung Galaxy S II has a gianormous 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Sounds impressive, doesn't it? Well, it is, especially if you compare it to the measley 3.5-inch screen on the iPhone. Go ahead try it. Plus it's got a supercharged 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to keep things running. And add to that the speed of T-Mobile'se 42Mbps network, and you've got yourself a phone.

Android versus iOS

The real reason you're here, of course, is Android. And T-Mobile's Andorid lineup gives you some of the most diverse Android devices, from pure to preconfigured home screens full of useful apps and widgets, with deep customization, so you can tinker as much or as little as you want. Plus there's the power of true multitasking in Android to make sure you can get everything done that needs to be done.

Two lines, unlimited service

But it's not all about hardware. T-Mobile's also got great value in its unlimited plans. You can get two lines with unlimited data, talk, and text on America's Largest 4G network. Compare that to the others. Go on. Do it. Verizon and AT&T have unlimited talk and text with just 2GB of data for $100 a line. Sprint's unlimited service goes for $99.99 per line. T-Mobile? $49.99 per line. Do the math.

Whether you're just starting out with your first smartphone or are a seasoned Android user, T-Mobile's got you covered with some of the most compelling hardware, competitive pricing and high-speed data that you could ask for.

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