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POSTPONED: T-Mobile USA is delaying 3G until 2007
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 10.12.04 - 17:59:10 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 7447x
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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]