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T-Mobile Will Begin Selling 3G Next Year

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Oct 6, 2006, 11:19 AM   by (staff)

T-Mobile USA today detailed their launch plans for 3G services using the spectrum the carrier won in the most recent FCC auctions. The company will roll out UMTS / HSDPA service beginning mid 2007 in selected markets, and expects to offer nationwide 3G coverage by the end of 2008. CEO Robert Dotson says the company has "already completed 50 percent of the UMTS equipment rollout in New York." Because T-Mobile 3G services will be in a new band (1700 MHz) that no carrier could previously use, they will not be able to use current 3G handsets. However T-Mobile feels that because their 3G service will be limited to a single band, that they will be able to offer inexpensive 3G handsets after launch. Dotson also revealed that T-Mobile will launch UMA Cellular / Wi-Fi services beginning next year.

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nextel18

Oct 6, 2006, 3:26 PM

Tmobile Usa should be very strong after this network is in the major cities

I think with T-mobile’s price points that they will be very competitive towards their peers and they will improve on their data Arpu and will do quite well after the network is in the major cities. I think their peers, now, need to pay attention to T-mobile because they are now a real threat.
nextel18 said:
I think their peers, now, need to pay attention to T-mobile because they are now a real threat.


Said the "market analyst" who predicted Tmob was being fitted for a casket.

Wanna buy some pom-poms...
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if T-Mobile will offer unlimited 3G internet and messaging option for $39.99 (hotspots for another $10), this can raise data ARPU like rocket
Myfaves is attracting a lot of customers to add or sign up, that general ARPU will raise a bit
Honestly, T-Mob has been a "real threat" for a minute now, but everyone here knew it would take something like a 3G network to lock it down for the future. Verizon has a huge target on it's back, and T-Mob is aiming right for it!
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muchdrama

Oct 6, 2006, 1:06 PM

Getting things straight in my noggin...

So, this means Tmob's 3g handsets will be 1700mhz ready, but will also include 1900mhz and 850mhz for voice?

I am making sense, right?
well they should include 850/1900 for 3g voice and data. unlike cdma, 3G umts includes both voice and data. so when tmo's new network rolls out, new handsets will be able to use umts 1700 for voice and data if 3G is available.
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New_2_T-Mobile

Oct 6, 2006, 11:55 AM

Can you help me understand this please

1700 MHz) that no carrier could previously use, they will not be able to use current 3G handsets.



Why 1700? are there any pros or cons regarding these?


Dotson also revealed that T-Mobile will launch UMA Cellular / Wi-Fi services beginning next year.

I'm not understaning this either how does wi-fi differ from 3G, both just access the Internet right? How does wi-fi differ from their current hotspots? I don't don't understand thank you.
As far as the 1700 Mhz, no other carrier uses this frequency. Current carriers use 850/1900/2100 Mhz, hence, current 3G phones only use 850/1900/2100 Mhz, so they won't be compatible with 1700 Mhz when T-Mobile rolls this out.

As far as UMA cellul...
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I suppose I'll take a crack at this...

New_2_T-Mobile said:
1700 MHz) that no carrier could previously use, they will not be able to use current 3G handsets.


You are exactly right about this. 1700 MHz is a brand...
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this can avoid confusing
too many ppls have high hope that EA 2100 will work on T-Mobile 3G, this is not true
the difference between EA and T-Mobile 3G is UPLOAD
using 1700 instead of 2100 is reasonable
With the 1700 MHZ band; no GSM cell phone is registered for this frequency.

That means that you will have to buy new phones. I don't know why they did not program the new T-Mobile Pearl Grey V3 with the 1700MHZ.

I just purchase this phone and...
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SprintPCSGuy

Oct 6, 2006, 2:00 PM

6 Band Handsets?

Hopefully manufacturers can create true 3G "world phones" that support:

850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900, 2100

If not, then importing cool phones from Asia will be over for Cingular and T-Mobile customers.
i wish the band was the same in every country ohwell!
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SprintPCSGuy said:
then importing cool phones from Asia will be over for Cingular and T-Mobile customers.


i think we can forget about that for now, b/c it would be more than 6: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 plus UMTS/HSDPA...
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it just a matter of time
since Cingular also got AWS spectrum, then 80meg+ customers will use this band, that encourage manufactures (it's pretty likely moto and HTC) to release out dual-mode, hex-band device
Yankees368

Oct 6, 2006, 2:18 PM

50% Roll out in NYC?

When did this happen? I have noticed that on long island over the summer, every t-mobile site in the area had someone working on it at some point, but no panels were changed.

Was that UMTS rollout?
No, they are not done. They said they have been working on upgrading the equipment to be ready for the rollout of NYC areas by next year. They said that 50% of their NYC network was finished. Just cause they didn't have the spectrum doesn't mean that ...
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only network engineers know
keep in mind, T-Mobile keeps building up nodes, and probably some newly built nodes have inactive 3G equipment builtin, just wait for license and setup
if so, the deployment will be way faster, faster than everybody expec...
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mingkee

Oct 6, 2006, 1:36 PM

more new markets

currently there're still a lot of markets T-Mobile does not have 2G license (including Carolinas)
now with these license, the residents there will enjoy award-winning (JDPA) service
So you're telling me that they will be in the Carolinas shortly?
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bonecrusher

Oct 6, 2006, 11:22 AM

AWESOME!!!

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