Earlier this week T-Mobile announced the Rocket 3.0, a new USB data stick built by ZTE that’s capable of running on T-Mobile’s new upgraded 42Mbps HSPA+ 4G network. As our luck would have it, the friendly FedEx guy just dropped off the Rocket 3.0. T-Mobile’s newly upgraded 42Mbps network is available in new markets 55 markets, as well as in New York City, Orlando, and Las Vegas. In our office we averaged 1.17Mbps on the downlink, and 1.07Mbps on the uplink. That’s slow, and in New York City and that throughput is a far cry from what we get with Verizon’s 4G LTE network — but again, we’re not in the 42Mbps coverage area. However, there are parts of New York City that offer optimal data connections, and we’ll be sure to visit them in our full review. The build design of the device is nearly identical to earlier webConnect Rocket products, and we definitely prefer less bulky MiFi devices to USB sticks. The Rocket 3.0 is available for $99.99 from T-Mobile now with a new two year contract. T-Mobile hopes to cover 150 million people with its 4G network this year. Check out our hands-on gallery and hit the jump to see if you’re in one of T-Mobile’s 42Mbps markets.
According to intel garnered by blog TmoNews, T-Mobile will be releasing its Jet 2.0 4G laptop stick on March 23rd. Updated to take advantage of the company’s 21Mbps HSPA+, 4G network, the webConnect device contains a microSD card slot for easy file sharing and fold-away USB port for easy storage. T-Mobile’s billing the device as one for “busy, value-conscious consumers looking to share more moments more often.” No pricing information was provided, but we would expect to see the Jet 2.0 retail for around $99.99 after a signed two-year contract and all applicable rebates. More →
T-Mobile has introduced a new Even More 10GB webConnect monthly data plan, although it costs a hair more than was suggested by early rumors. For $84.99 per month and a new two-year agreement, you’ll get a 10GB bucket of data and unlimited Wi-Fi access at T-Mobile hotspots with your 3G or 4G webConnect device. T-Mobile says it is not charging overage fees with this new plan, but data speeds may be reduced after you hit your monthly cap. The new plan joins T-Mobile’s existing 5GB option, which costs $49.99 per month with no overage fees, and a 200MB option that costs $29.99 per month with overage charges. More →
Intel gathered by blog TmoNews suggests that the nation’s fourth largest wireless carrier, T-Mobile, will be revamping its webConnect data plans. The new monthly offerings will offer users 200MB, 5GB, and 10GB of data, and retail for $29.99, $49.99 and $79.99 respectively. The new webConnect plans, which will take affect March 13th, will also allow users to bundle existing voice line plans with webConnect plans for additional savings. When bundled, the prices drop to $23.99 for the 200MB plan, $39.99 for 5GB plan, and $63.99 for 10GB plan. Currently, T-Mobile only offers a 200MB plan for $24.99 and a 5GB plan for $39.99. More →
Today, T-Mobile announced that they’re not slowing down on their continued expansion of HSPA+ roll outs. The Magenta carrier is on track and aims to cover over 185 million people by the end of the year in more than 100 metropolitan markets. If you’re living in an HSPA+ coverage area, you’ll be pleased to know that 16 T-Mobile 3G devices can now take advantage of the increased speeds. Looking for some hardware news? The webConnect Rocket USB stick will get a broader roll out in the form of the Rocket 2.0 with swivel form factor which we nailed last week. And finally, the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 netbook will start to become available in retail stores which you can pair with that shiny new Rocket 2.0, also just like we called. Full list of latest HSPA+ lit up cities after the break! More →
T-Mobile just announced that they’re expanding their HSPA+ network faster than ever — now up to 25 major metropolitan cities. According to the information, over 75m people will be covered with super fast HSPA data speeds by the end of this month. T-Mobile is touting “4G speeds” in the following major cities:
- Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Tampa, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Oklahoma City, Tusla, New Orleans, Charleston, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Memphis, Upstate New York, Connecticut (shouts to CT), Providence, and Washington D.C.
Additionally, T-Mobile has a pretty solid lineup of devices that can take advantage of the increased data speeds. There is the webConnect Rocket USB data stick, and over 15 handsets. Here’s that listing:
- T-Mobile myTouch 3G
- Samsung Behold II
- Motorola CLIQ
- T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
- HTC HD2
- Nokia E73 Mode
- Motorola CLIQ XT
- T-Mobile Dash
- T-Mobile G1
- HTC Touch Pro2
Lastly, T-Mobile is aiming to cover 100 major metropolitan cities by the end of the year which will blanket over 185 million people with those beautiful “4G speeds”. Sounds good to us!
It took a while, but it’s finally here: T-Mobile has announced the launch of the 3G webConnect laptop USB stick. While other carriers have already been offering similar products for quite some time, T-Mobile users can enjoy 3G speeds with one from their very own carrier. Of course, we all know that T-Mobile’s 3G footprint is young and rather small, but the USB stick is compatible with EDGE if you can handle those speeds. The webConnect stick can be had for $49.99 with a 2-year contract, or $99.99 with a 1-year contract, and if you’d like to pay month-to-month without contracts, it’s $249.99. Quite pricey, if you ask us. Like other carriers, there is a 5GB limit per month for $59.99 a month. The USB stick also allows you to connect to 802.11b/g WiFi hotspots and doubles as a memory stick with an 8GB capacity. If mobility is critical to you and WiFi isn’t always available, it might not be a bad option.
While several other North American carriers are tossing around tales of LTE development and blazing 4G speeds, T-Mobile looks to be preparing its first entry into the realm of 3G USB modems. No matter though, T-Mobile’s 3G network is so young we’d probably fall off our seats if the company started talking about 4G beyond the stock “yeah, we’re working on it” it already handed out last year. According to a purported screen shot of T-Mobile’s internal system, the webConnect USB Laptop Stick will finally see the light of day on March 25th. It will be rated perfectly in line with AT&T and Verizon, running $59.99 per month for 3G, EDGE and HotSpot connectivity with a cellular data cap set at 5 GB. T-Mobile’s software will automatically choose the best available network on the fly which is nice, but if you move around a lot expect to be using one of the latter in most areas. The last caveat is that these modems will only be available to customers already holding a T-Mobile account. We would hardly consider that a big deal of course — if you’re using another carrier for cell service are you really going to opt for a younger, much smaller data network when choosing a USB stick? We love us some T-Mobile, but it still has a long way to go before its 3G network can compete.