Apr, 08 2009

We have very good reason to believe that the HTC Magic will be hitting T-Mobile USA rebranded with a different name. The FCC documents, the release calendar… you would call us idiots if we thought otherwise. But new information is suggesting the phone will NOT be called the T-Mobile G2 as previously speculated and widely assumed.

A participant in a T-Mobile customer survey took some screenshots of a very interesting question regarding the naming of a device that looks identical to the HTC Magic. They provided 4 different names and asked users to select the best one. The names are:

  • T-Mobile G3
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google
  • Genius 3G with Google
  • Prism 3G with Google

Here are 3 of the 4 slides from the survey inquiring about these names, according to the TMOnews tipster:

Notice that T-Mobile G2 isn’t one of the options. This could be for several reasons:

  • Another Android device will come out on T-Mobile BEFORE the USA re-branded HTC Magic
  • They decided to skip the G2 name altogether for one reason or another
  • G2 sounds too much like 2G and dummies will assume it is older technology than the iPhone 3G
  • The survey is fake
  • T-Mobile is just feeling the “G#” naming structure out in general

If you ask me, I still think we’ll see the HTC Magic launch on T-Mobile USA as the T-Mobile G2. I’m not really sure why this customer survey poses this question without incuding the G2 but I’m sure this is a marketing researcher simply trying to cover all their bases and make sure the G# naming convention is the best fit.

But let me ask you a few questions while we’re at it:

  1. Which of the above 4 names do you like most?
  2. Do you like G2 better than all 4 proposed?
  3. Do you think it will launch as the G2, one of the above 4 names or something entirely different?
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