During today's Deutsche Telekom's 15th Internationales Presse Kolloquium in Berlin, T-Mobile announced that its German high-speed HSDPA service would be launched at CeBIT. The HSDPA technology will offers bandwidths of up to 1.8 Mbit/s in the German T-Mobile UMTS network.
Selected T-Mobile business customers are already testing high-speed UMTS and the datacard. At IPK, T-Mobile also announced a flat rate for mobile data transmission of 35 Euro a month plus 1 Euro for each day of use with no volume and time limits to be introduced at the beginning of March. As a result, surfing the Internet, sending e-mails and working with corporate applications is possible almost anywhere.
However, the high-speed flat plan will include GPRS and UMTS only, HSDPA will be part as a trial only.
Here we go with the second flat plan in Germany. However, it's up to 17 Euro more than the E-Plus offer which provides flat GPRS and UMTS for 49 Euro "only" and unfortunately T-Mobile will limit its flat fee to GPRS and UMTS only; HSDPA will be part of the flat plan from CeBIT (HSDPA launch) until end of May only. Nevertheless, the T-Mobile UMTS coverage in Germany is way better than E-Plus' UMTS coverage and therefore the offer might be worth at all, especially for mobile road worriers.
Anyway, still we have only one Windows Mobile powered Pocket PC in the market which supports UMTS, no Smartphone yet nor a public announcement for further UMTS enabled Pocket PCs and HSDPA enabled Windows Mobile devices are even farer away. Therefore, the hype will take place - in the beginning - without Windows Mobile (and most other Smartphones) but with Notebooks and PC card only.
Cheers ~ Arne