T-Mobile switches on US 3G network – without data?

According to a number of reports, T-Mobile is finally – finally! – launching its 3G network in the US from today.

The 3G network will be switched on across 20 cities this year including Las Vegas and Los Angeles, with New York being the first to get the third-generation nod, and those hungry to test out the service will have a choice between four 3G handsets.

Given it’s taken T-Mobile ages to get this up and running, if this latest snippet about the switch-on is true, it sounds like madness: according to endaget, T-Mobile will launch its 3G network without data. Yep, 3G will be kept initially for voice, with EDGE acting as data carrier. Without data capabilities, this 3G rollout is looking like a dangerously damp squib.

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7 Responses to T-Mobile switches on US 3G network – without data?

  1. james vincent May 1, 2008 at 2:57 am #

    OK so its knida pointless! If it's Voice only then maybe a bit of a daft question… But does the Net: support Video Calling then?

  2. smstextnews May 1, 2008 at 3:16 am #

    Approve
    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device

  3. James Whatley May 1, 2008 at 6:13 am #

    In other news Porcshe have just launched their latest Boxster… without the wheels.

  4. squawkBOX May 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    Evidence from HowardForums now states that data has been enabled from T-Mobile USA (http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=13…). So those in the US are now getting 300k for downloads. Hopefully HSDPA/HSUPA comes next!

    Although their adoption of the share 1700 and 2100 Mhz band for 3G is somewhat interesting… Why can't the US be the same as the rest of the world!

  5. squawkBOX May 1, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    Evidence from HowardForums now states that data has been enabled from T-Mobile USA (http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=13…). So those in the US are now getting 300k for downloads. Hopefully HSDPA/HSUPA comes next!

    Although their adoption of the share 1700 and 2100 Mhz band for 3G is somewhat interesting… Why can't the US be the same as the rest of the world!

  6. squawkBOX May 1, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Evidence from HowardForums now states that data has been enabled from T-Mobile USA (http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=13…). So those in the US are now getting 300k for downloads. Hopefully HSDPA/HSUPA comes next!

    Although their adoption of the share 1700 and 2100 Mhz band for 3G is somewhat interesting… Why can't the US be the same as the rest of the world!

  7. Motorhomes March 18, 2010 at 2:16 am #

    urgh, still i can't picture it to be possible…

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