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T-Mobile 3G active, includes data

updated 01:35 pm EDT, Thu May 1, 2008

T-Mobile 3G Active

T-Mobile's 3G cellular service has gone live and includes the data in at least some areas, according to some user reports from subscribers at HowardForums. Tests in New York City's Brooklyn borough using phones already capable of supporting the carrier's unique 1,700MHz UMTS Internet service show downloads at 300Kbps or more, pushing past the 200Kbps or less normally available on the EDGE (2G) network. Data can also pass through at the same time as calls -- a feat normally impossible with EDGE, which blocks phone service during heavy use.

The testing contradicts earlier reports on Wednesday evening that claimed the 3G service would only include voice and leave data for a later date. However, the data service appears confined to New York City where other major cities expected to receive early 3G, such as Los Angeles and Miami, have yet to report any upgrades. Phones such as the Nokia 6263 (pictured) are believed to work with the improved network.

T-Mobile itself has promised 3G by summer and has alluded to that launch date including full data service as well as calls. The provider has delayed the upgrade for several months and has been criticized by some for lagging significantly behind fellow GSM carrier AT&T, which began offering 3G much earlier and has begun upgrading its network once again to HSPA for faster uploads.

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  1. marmotton

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    Too little, too late?

    I am waiting for the second-generation iPhone to come out to switch from T-mobile to AT&T (my contract can be broken at any time with no penalty; it's over 2 years).

    As opposed to some people, 3G is not the reason why I waited. So it makes little difference for me. However, when comparing the 2 networks, assuming everything else the same, I rather go with the more mature 3G network of the 2, i.e. AT&T, just in case.

    Finally, my current plan does not have data. To add that option T-mobile would force me to sign again for a long contract. This is going to cause me to leave them (which is why this is a stupid thing for them to impose in the first place).

    One more thing (!): I will be switching my entire family over to AT&T.

  1. OtisWild

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    Joined: Feb 2005


    tethered with unlocked?

    Has anyone been able to tether their laptop to an unlocked UMTS fone with this, or do they lock it all up?

  1. dagamer34

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    Joined: Apr 2007



    Shame the 3G iPhone probably won't be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network and thus I'll be switching to AT&T.


  1. MeandmyMac

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    Joined: Feb 2008



    will one know, when the 3G iPhone comes out, if it can be used with T-Mobile's 3G? Not saying I would buy an iPhone and jailbreak just to use on T-Mobile's GSM but when the new iPhone rolls out how will one tell if operable on T-Mobile's 3G?

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