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PUSH: T-Mobile Germany introduces new Mobile Data plans and finished the HSUPA upgrade [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 10.07.08 - 14:47:34 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13088x
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Today, T-Mobile Germany announced a mobile data push for its UMTS/HSDPA network. First off all, the German carrier announced new mobile data plans which includes a real flat for its GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA and HSUPA networks.
The new web'n'walk Connect L flat rate allows users to use the Internet for 39.95 Euro per month (on a 24 month contract) and T-Mobile has already upgraded parts of its HSDPA network to 7.2 Mbps. At the rest of the UMTS network, HSDPA is available with 3.6 Mbps. Furthermore, T-Mobile today announced that it has finished the HSUPA upgrade in its whole UMTS network.

From now, T-Mobile customers can upload files with 1.4 Mbps, if supported by the mobile device (for instance the HTC Touch Diamond, available from T-Mobile as the MDA compact IV is one of the first Windows Mobile smartphones to support HSUPA). Furthermore, T-Mobile announced today that it will immediately start to upgrade HSUPA from today's launched 1.4 Mbps to 2.0 Mbps.

UPDATE: I hate press releases which try to fool journalists. As a matter of fact, T-Mobile's new web'n'walk_Connect_L isn't a a real flat plan with unlimited access to HSDPA at all but T-Mobile is throttling the access to 64 Kbps/16 Kbps if the users reaches 5 GB during the billing period. That's definitely bad and degrades previous conditions where the limit was at 10 GB. As a matter of fact, especially because the 16 Kbps are absolutely useless for professional users, T-Mobile's Connect L isn't an option anymore. Hopefully Vodafone Germany and O2 Germany stays reasonable and don't decrease its current fair flat limits from 10 GB to 5 GB as well.

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by puntala on 12.07.08 - 15:55:28

all they want is our money. i can understand that but they get more and more expensive. 20 euros for 300 mb data option is way too much. and the IM data option is just a joke to me ...
at this time i consider o2 data option as one of the cheapest available with the 10 gb limit. but it is a pitty that it is limited to umts and not hsdpa. i plan to buy the omnia and make a new contract with the data option with runtime of 3 months to test it out. their hsdpa data plan which has a runtime of 2 years was cheaper than t mobile flat too but i think it can't be used with mobile phone sad .

Posted by Arne Hess on 12.07.08 - 17:11:16

If you mean O2 Germany, their data tariffs, neither the Internet Pack M nor the Internet Pack L are limited to UMTS only but both includes access (if available) to HSDPA also. The pack always have a min. runtime of 3 months only and after you can cancel them each month. And yes, O2 Germany's data packs works with mobile phones as well as Laptop cards and smartphones, not a problem at all. And if you buy O2's Multicard, you even can use them in parallel. I have both and I'm currently connected to HSDPA with my O2 Xda diamond and my HTC Shift! :-)

Posted by mahoni on 12.07.08 - 23:44:40

this sounds very good.
but is it the mobile laptop contract u have there or is it a data option for mobile phones which can be used with the sim card i use for calling sms and so on? cause i did not see the difference between those two. some guy in the shop told me that the laptop contract would use hsdpa and the mobile one only umts.
i just want to book this data plan on top of my free minutes to use it in laptop or mobile phone. so which one is the right?

Posted by Arne Hess on 13.07.08 - 11:56:56

No separate Laptop contract, it's my Genion Multicard where I added the Internet Pack L to.
Multicard 1 is in my Xda Diamond, Multicard 2 is in my HTC Shift and Multicard 3 is spare for other devices. And as you can see here, I have a quite fast HSDPA 3.6 Mbps connection here at home, using my HTC Shift.
The difference between the data only card and the Internet Packs is, that you can get the data only SIM for the price of an Internet Pack L, without any extra charges. This makes mostly sense for business users which needs a second card for data only. Nevertheless, for most users, a Genion card with an Internet Pack is the better choice and you can always enhance this with Multicard.

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