Wireless

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
3g, broadband, data, wireless

Companies:
t-mobile



Dear T-Mobile, The Point Of 3G Is For Data Speeds

from the you-can't-be-serious dept

T-Mobile was the one national US mobile operator who really didn't have much of a strategy when it came to upgrading its network. While Sprint, Verizon and AT&T all were working on 3G options, T-Mobile kind of sat around twiddling its thumbs. Then it finally realized that it was way behind and made an effort to catch up. Years after everyone else got around to launching stuff (and as they're all now setting plans for their 4G options), T-Mobile is finally launching its 3G wireless service. But in a move that makes absolutely no sense, it's only for voice -- not for data. If it's only for voice... there's no reason to move to 3G. The very purpose of the 3G mobile network was to enable higher bandwidth for data. This is like building an entire highway next to a perfectly good bike trail... and then saying the highway is only for bicycles. Why bother? Update: Well, phew. Turns out the original story was simply not true. T-Mobile launched with voice and data...

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    Devang, 1 May 2008 @ 7:50pm

    using t-mobile edge

    I use google maps with edge and it isn't unusable if a little slow, and I've been with t-mobile since forever, but this is going to be unacceptable if it doesn't change by the time their android phones come out: http://arstechnica.com/journals/linux.ars/2008/04/26/t-mobile-and-google-cozy-up-with-android

    Any body know of another carrier that can add another line for $10? It's always been $20 with verizon, sprint and at&turd.

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