T-Mobile getting more 3G service…3G phones not so much

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by Mike
Posted February 18th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

T-Mobile while a late bloomer in the 3G world is pushing ahead at break neck pace.  Last year, they reached around 100 million people by the end of 2008.  For the end of 2009, T-Mobile is shooting for over 200 million.  Still with the quick pace they are moving, they are still several years behind.  For example, Verizon and AT&T have had 3G for several years now.  And Sprint is even starting rolling out (albeit much slower) their 4G WiMax network with Clearwire.  Unless T-Mobile picks up the pace even further, they will continue to stay behind.  With AT&T announcing  a 2011 goal for launching their 4G LTE network and now Verizon claiming a 2010 date, little ‘ol T-Mobile looks as if they will always be playing a game of catch up.

Besides such petty things such as 3G and 4G networks, what good is a high speed network if you don’t have any devices that take advantage of it?  Just highlighting a slight problem with T-Mobile’s current line is that the only “cool” useful 3G phone they have is the G1.  No 3G Blackberry, no T-Mobile branded hotness, nothing.  T-Mobiles decision to use the ugly duckling 1700MHz frequency band is perplexing.  Now instead of just bringing over AT&T phones as they used to with older 2G/2.5G phones they have to have 3G phones specifically made for them as no other carrier uses the 1700MHz frequency.  Quite the pickle they’re in for sure.  Hopefully T-Mobile starts getting some 3G smartphone love as well as keeping a 4G rollout close to the front of their minds.

 

Source: Blackberry News

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