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March 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

T-Mobile LTE launch outed with Samsung S4 launch

It looks like Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 will help T-Mobile USA launch its 4G LTE network this spring.

T-Mobile will be the last major U.S. carrier to offer LTE when it begins offering the service later this year. The company has said its LTE service will begin in 2013, but it has been cagey about the exact launch date and hasn’t said which LTE devices it will offer.

(UPDATE: A spokesman said they’ve confirmd that the BlackBerry Z10 and HTC One will run on its LTE network, in addition to the S4.)

The first big clue came today with a new Web page taking names of T-Mobile customers interested in Samsung’s new device, which goes on sale in April.

The page has what looks like the first appearance of T-Mobile’s “4G LTE” branding. The S4 will also run on T-Mobile’s current HSPA+ network so it should perform well even in areas that don’t yet have T-Mobile’s LTE service.

I’ve asked T-Mobile if its LTE service will be live in April when the S4 goes on sale or not. Meanwhile, here’s a screen grab showing its LTE branding near the bottom of the page:

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