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T-Mobile goes 3G in USA

December 6 announcement expected
Thu Nov 22 2007, 09:04

T-MOBILE is expected to make an announcement that it will provide a 3G service on December 6.

The dark satanic rumour mill, which we turned yesterday, has come up with a pretty good bet on the date from a Washington State INQ reader.

He called T-Mobile from Kirkland, which is between the lair of the Vole and the old VoiceStream HQ in Factoria, Belleveue, wanting to know when T-Mobile was releasing 3G products.

A T-Mobile spokesperson told him that an announcement about 3G availability in his area would be on or before 6 December 2007.

She cited an internal document announcing the rollout.

It seems that there will be two technical choices available for punters. There will be the existing 1900MHz in use with ATT or introduce HSDPA 2100 to the US. The latter could make existing US 3G+ phones incompatible with its shiny new network.

However there are also hints that T-Mobile will use the Nokia N95-3 or the N82 as it currently bundles EDGE with existing voice plans at no additional charge.

T-Mobile has been a bit of an also ran in the 3G market because of its German roots. 'National security' problems, including the fact that the outfit is less keen to help the Department of Homeland security in its terrorist sweeps, have apparently locked it out of the spectrum acquisition. This has let AT&T to build its 3G customer base at the T-Mobile's expense. µ

 

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