T-Mobile USA confirmed today that there are no plans of launching it's high-speed 3G/UMTS
wireless service within the next two years, mainly because they just don't have
the spectrum for it right now.
So basically T-Mobile subscribers will have
wait until 2007 if they want 3G, but it's unlikely that a lot of them will wait
that long, especially since other nation-wide carriers are more proactive in
building up their 3G networks.
Verizon already started rolling out their high-speed EV-DO service (for which
also Pocket PC Phone Editions exists) in a bunch of different cities, Sprint's
going to be building out their own EV-DO network soon, Cingular is currently
testing a high-speed UMTS service which they hope to introduce next year (and of
course, they recently absorbed AT&T Wireless' 3G service, which is available in
a handful of cities).
T-Mobile is currently upgrading their network to EDGE,
which is like a faster version of GPRS, but they should have started doing that
a long time ago. By the time they have that ready, everyone else will already be
a step ahead.
That's a bad decision of T-Mobile USA and not sure why they
decided to postpone the UMTS launch while all other U.S. carriers upgrade their
networks to 3G.
Cheers ~ Arne
SOURCE : [Engadget]