T-mobile 3G launching on October 1st


Earlier this month we posted an article about some information that had come to us regarding an October 1 launch date for nationwide 3G. We wrote it with a grain of salt but we definitely had high hopes for this to be true. This poster, taped (poorly we might add) on the wall outside a meeting is our glass slipper, our unwavering proof of a date that will live in T-mobile infamy. Mark your calenders folks, October 1. Wake up, walk outside and breathe that 3G air. Well only if you live in one of the launch cities, so sorry T-mobile fans in Omaha, Des Moines and Providence. We’ll be thinking of you while enjoying improved voice quality and high speed data access. Now, where is that pesky Android phone?  T-mobile 3G FAQ

Update: We’re devoted to bringing T-mobile users T-mobile news, but not as devoted as MobileCrunch. It looks like they bugged T-mobile’s marketing/press office and overheard this conversation*:

“Hey Bob – we’ve finally set the date for when we’ll be launching 3G services in 27 launch markets. Should we write a press release?”

“Write a press release? Pah! We’ve got paper and tape!”

*Sense of humor required

  • Nina

    actually most carriers that will implement 4G will use LTE which wont be around till 2011. thats a fact. secondly if t-mobile were to launch the Xperia x1 how would that be behind the “it” phones of everyone else. also a 3G phone doesnt have to be some super smart giant brick. so by t-mobile finally launching 3G which is something their customers have been wanting for ages we should be even angrier. wow. stupidity at its stupidest

  • mingkee

    I think phone manufacturers start to design generic 3G phone with AWS band added, as they see the ACTUAL date is set
    this would be triple win
    customers will get more phone choice, while some customers can grab unlocked/generic 3G phone with AWS, and BYOP, and get complete freedom (zero contract)
    T-Mobile can net more customers who BYOP with AWS 3G phone, let’s see how many customers bring E71, N95, K850 and sign att
    phone manufacturer will gain more favor from T-Mobile customers by providing unlocked 3G phones with AWS

  • Marc

    Hopefully some decent 3G phones come out with the 3G service, because if that SE bell is their best 3G phone, then…………… :(

  • AntInPhilly
  • mingkee

    of course not
    SE TM506 is for introduction of HSDPA, followed by 3 smartphones

  • yourmother

    are any old phones going to be updated to 3g

  • HandyDad
  • J

    Yes, I wish T-Mobile had 3G a while ago, but I will not switch to Verizon or AT&T for data because at least T-Mobile USA told the US government that they would not turn over call data without a warrant when the other carriers turned over everything with no questions asked. It is sad when a foreign-owned carrier stands up for American civil liberties and the other American-owned carriers couldn’t care less for privacy.

  • Peter Griffin

    Anybody else think that is a lame excuse for a touchscreen phone? Give us something interesting!

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  • Michael

    It’s extremely unlikely any ‘old’ phones will be “retrofitted” for 3G. Incorporating 3G means a different chipset with additional frequencies, different power requirements, etc. If you’re going to all of that effort why wouldn’t you just acknowledge what the phone is – a new phone?

    If you keep track about every six months there’s another generation of phones & features. For T-Mobile that means the MobileBackup is becoming standard, email capability has extended to all but the budget phones, and every phone but the very cheapest now has camera & bluetooth.

    For the next generation of phones (those finlly advertising 3G) expect better email clients, better browsers, more video functionality, and support for T-Mo’s upcoming online phone application shop.

  • ro

    Props for 3G hitting the national markets…Boos on not hitting des moines and the like. Do we have any word when it will hit Des Moines and Providence?

  • PBurg3g

    Does anyone have any idea when 3G will come to Pittsburgh? I know it’ll hit Philly, but no love for Pittsburgh?

  • mike

    What about Springfield, MO when will we get the love of 3g?

  • johnwhisenant

    So. They have rolled out 3G coverage in Seattle, WA. I live south of there and there is no coverage. Will the G1 still work alright on Edge?

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  • Patrck

    Pittsburgh PA has 3G. ConFirmed!!!!!! I have a solid 3G signal.

  • Patrck

    Confirmed, Pittsburgh PA has 3G, wooohooo!!!!!!!!!

  • 5Jones

    Does anyone know when 3G will come to Puerto Rico?