T-Mobile officially launches 3G support

T-Mobile has officially launched the rollout of their 3G network with New York City. The plan is to have 3G rolled out to the major cities in the US. We haven’t heard anything on when we’ll see 3G Sidekicks yet (most likely not on the Sidekick Gekko), but we hope T-Mobile realizes that Sidekick users would be the ones to benefit the most with the high-speed network. We have our fingers crossed. The press release is below:

NEW YORK and BELLEVUE, Wash. – May 5, 2008– T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced that the company has taken the first commercial step in the rollout of its third-generation (3G) wireless network by launching its UMTS/HSDPA network in New York City. T-Mobile plans to continue the rollout of its 3G network across major metropolitan markets through the year. By year’s end, T-Mobile expects its high-speed data network will be available in those cities where a majority of its subscribers currently use data services.

“The launch of our 3G network comes at a time when 3G phones and services are more affordable, capable and appealing to our consumer marketplace than ever before,” said Cole Brodman, chief development officer, T-Mobile USA. “We benefit not only from the economic scale of 3G, but also from the extensive commercial experience of 3G in our European markets. Today, T-Mobile USA customers already have among the highest adoption of data and messaging services in the industry. Through our 3G network, we look forward to delivering a rich portfolio of new and meaningful services to enrich our customers’ lives.”

T-Mobile’s 3G network supports voice and data services consistent with available service and handset offerings. The company today offers multiple phones that are able to operate on the UMTS network. The phones are designed to automatically connect to the best available network (3G or GSM/GPRS/EDGE) to provide the great call quality and rich communication services customers expect from T-Mobile.

Customers using a 3G-capable handset from T-Mobile will also experience faster data speeds when accessing the Web, or downloading content from the T-Mobile t-zones content portal, for example.

In the coming months, T-Mobile plans to offer its first HSDPA device, along with new and compelling data-centric, all-in-one devices that help make the most of T-Mobile’s high-speed data network.

The launch of the 3G network also enables T-Mobile to accommodate and serve more customers more efficiently through the use of its AWS spectrum, effectively doubling T-Mobile USA’s spectrum position, and laying the foundation for the company’s future growth. T-Mobile and the U.S. government, namely the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice, continue to work closely and effectively together to make available AWS spectrum that will give consumers access to the 3G network.

As the 3G service rolls out in targeted major markets, T-Mobile will continue to build upon its
T-Mobile® HotSpot Wi-Fi network — its wireless high-speed Internet offering that launched in 2003 — and its nationwide voice and data network, to empower customers to effortlessly stay connected using the best available network.

T-Mobile International is following a common technology path across all of its markets in Europe and the United States, from GSM/GPRS/EDGE to UMTS/HSDPA. T-Mobile USA greatly benefits from
T-Mobile International’s 3G experiences in Europe, where adoption of non-messaging mobile data is growing dynamically; and with more than 120 million customers worldwide, T-Mobile International is able to generate significant global procurement synergies.

9 Responses to “T-Mobile officially launches 3G support”

  1. Bones15 Says:

    Is it going to start from the East coast towards the West? Or is it going to be like a spontanous rash with different locations from around the country getting 3G here and there?

    You know what, idk, I just want Los Angeles to get it SOON!

  2. runner Says:

    How much faster would the Sidekick internet be with 3g network capability?

  3. Ryan Yo Says:

    Bones15 on May 5, 2008 at 1:33 pm said:

    Is it going to start from the East coast towards the West? Or is it going to be like a spontanous rash with different locations from around the country getting 3G here and there?

    You know what, idk, I just want Los Angeles to get it SOON!

    I found this on Engadget a while back:
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/30/t-mobile-rolling-out-3g-tomorrow-in-new-york-sorry-new-jersey/

  4. Bones15 Says:

    Ryan Yo on May 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm said:

    Bones15 on May 5, 2008 at 1:33 pm said:

    Is it going to start from the East coast towards the West? Or is it going to be like a spontanous rash with different locations from around the country getting 3G here and there?

    You know what, idk, I just want Los Angeles to get it SOON!

    I found this on Engadget a while back:
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/04/30/t-mobile-rolling-out-3g-tomorrow-in-new-york-sorry-new-jersey/

    But I thought it WASN’T in chronological order.

  5. thatsoup Says:

    @Bones15

    Chronological order would be almost all of the east coast first, then spreading west to the Mississippi, then jumping to the west coast and moving back towards the east again, filling in along the south and moving north, then waiting a while to get to Hawaii and Alaska.

  6. Leelaa000 Says:

    woo hoo san francisco is on the list 😀 but at the bottom :/

  7. Theicool Says:

    Yay! Phx is getting 3G.. But its the last one uh

  8. hershey Says:

    New Jersey isn’t on the list? why? that is so not fair..

  9. Sabrina Says:

    Wooo, Miami is on the top. [:



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