Salt Lake City, The Moment You Have All Been Waiting For

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Not to be outdone by Honolulu or Philadelphia, Salt Lake City Utah will officially find itself among the ranks of 3G cities tomorrow, September 20th. That’s right, SLC residents, you have asked, asked and asked again when magenta would bestow its 3G goodness upon you and your prayers have been answered. Dramatic? A little, but you haven’t seen the emails I have begging for a release date! Happy 3G hunting Salt Lake City fans!

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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  • dayve

    About time! Has this been confirmed from T-Mobile? There seem to be lots of conflicting reports about SLC’s 3G turn-on date.

  • Nitaino

    I Hope So I got Tmo TP2 and EDGE/GPRS Is so painful!

  • Anthony in SLC

    I thought we already had 3G haha but I have the iPhone and only get Edge with tmobile… how lame

  • Anthony in SLC

    And btw Nitaino Edge is NOT that slow…. you’re just used to faster speeds…

  • Blue_Alien

    Finally! Had the g1 for almost a year and this will be a great improvement.

  • kevindeep

    hopefully this means boise is next

  • Jaosn Olea

    Does it included Provo you think? Provo was list in the list of cities to go live in Q3 so i am hoping. If you know let me know someone!!

  • Sweet

    This is so cool thanks ;’)

  • Galen20K

    congratulations Salt lake city! Welcome! – D

  • Nitaino

    I called Tmo Store here on SLC and they told me 3G launch will be on Monday morning

  • Tyler

    BOUT TIME! We were told spring this year but we saw how that went. I hope this news is true!

  • Nitaino

    What a monster of avatar by your name lol

  • Cody

    OMG I’m in SLC and I found out about this today from a friend that works at T-Mobile in Idaho. I’m fuckin’ stoked!

  • Cali

    what about boise, ID?

  • cougle

    3g in new orleans sept 30th.

  • ixi

    That’s exciting, but I’ve got the attitude of “I’ll believe it when I see it.” But it does excite me to get off the slow ass EDGE.

  • I was told by the T-mobile store in Orem, Utah that Utah County (Provo) would be included in this upgrade.

  • frofro

    And Inland Empire, California…..nothing. Come on tmobile, been waiting forever.

  • Ryan

    Oh thank god! i have been waiting for this day since spectrum was bought all those years ago!

  • Anthony

    Thank you TMO, at least we received news ahead of time to look forward to instead of day of. To bad BYU and Utah didn’t win, otherwise, this week would have been perfect.

  • Jesse

    Boise is part of the Salt Lake City market so yes Boise will have it tomorrow as well.

  • dayve

    still waiting at 9:03am MST….

  • John

    Salinas CA wants 3G badly!

  • Anonymous

    I’m hoping Idaho gets 3G soon if SLC is… Anyone have any updates on Idaho?

  • ixi

    I’m with ya dayve…I’m still waiting as well. I’ll bet it’ll be tomorrow. Who launches a network on a sunday??

  • Jason

    Um boise is going to be last in this quater for the upgrade to small a city compared to slc.

  • ashton

    Still waiting 10:30 no 3G yet? ??????????

  • jj

    1:04pm MST still no 3G what is going on?

  • dayve

    Who knows.. It’s strange that T-Mobile doesn’t advertise, post, communicate when this is actually going to happen. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to see behind the curve? Calling attention to a release of something other cell companies have had for years probably isn’t a good marketing strategy.

    Anyway, 2:08MST and nothing!

  • Derrick

    Almost 3 now, I’m thinking it will happen tomorrow

  • Smeldraper

    It probably means they are working on it today (sunday). My edge and signal has been out all day.

  • Jesse

    Idaho is in the SLC market. Boise is already ready to go for 3G its just been waiting for everywhere in SLC to go Live as well.

  • Titty!

    Duh! no one cares about Boise!
    get over yourselfs. jk :D
    im just anxious for thee SLC release.
    hehe sorry :)

  • Slick

    Ok, where is the 3G?

  • J

    3G gets turned on between midnight and 5am local time. It is highly unlikely they would have turned it on last night. It is most likely they are turning it on tonight.

  • phoneking13

    Anyone know when Cincinnati will get it?

  • Parker

    Hey guys, Im a Tmo Rep, It was suppose to be turned on today but it won’t till Midnight tonight because of technical issues! Almost there!!

  • Flacco

    this is why i went and bout MT3g on its release date. how can i switch it to 3g or does it do it automaticly?

  • m

    to flacco, it will change automatically but you have to make sure you have 2G-only disabled… from the main screen go to Menu > Start > Wireless Controls > Mobile Networks > Use only 2G Networks, and make sure its unchecked. If you have it checked, your phone will still use 2G and you wont even know if 3G is even there

  • I will be going to bed in like 2 hours and then when I wake up it’s cellular Xmas. Woot.

  • Finally! The EDGE network is just unbearably slow here. When tethering, there are times when you can’t get to any webpages because Firefox times out.

  • I’m still waiting for the 3G love. I’m actually relieved to see that no one in SLC has it yet as I was nervous that they overlooked Utah county.

  • Bryan

    Is Cache Valley going to be getting 3G too or not for a while?

  • am2little

    Harrisburg, Pa is now 3G !!!

  • jj

    18min to midnight, will 3G come at the stroke of midnight?

  • 10 min to midnight & counting, i feel like i’m waiting for the PS3 or something.

  • 10 min to midnight & counting, i feel like i’m waiting for the PS3 or something.
    (last url was wrong.)

  • trickinit

    It’s past midnight.. where’s the 3G?!

  • @jj Nope, not exactly at midnight :( I still have a big ugly E for EDGE staring back at me from my status bar :(
    Anybody see a 3G?

  • parker

    No 3g or edge now!!!! The data network is completely down I’m not getting edge nor 3g on my mytouch

  • trickinit

    I still have EDGE here..

  • So when do we ge to see the N900 subsidized.

  • Joseph

    Sidekick lx 09 here, data service is down as well, hopefully it’s transitioning?

  • ixi

    It’s almost 3am…still seeing the E here.

  • Cody

    I’m still 3G-less. I’ve still got the E. Less than 2 hours until 5am… I hope this wasn’t a joke :(

  • smeldraper

    Stop holding your breath 3g isn’t coming…i called a rep because i was having problems with my data services completely and he said the problems are weather related (alot of extreme winds the past couple of days) and not related to upgrades in the network that the rumor of 3g coming sunday was started by the franchise TMO Dealers in utah to try and boost sales of the mytouch. However they kept saying by the end of Q3 that parts of utah would have 3g but no confirmation on what parts. Guess it is back to the snail pace internet. :(

  • Cody

    Blah, no joke? I was so stoked –

  • Cody

    However, my friend from T-Mobile call center in Boise told me the rumor was they’re activating 3G down here in SLC the other day, I didn’t hear it from reps in SLC…

  • smeldraper

    The reps for tmobile are debunking it to rumor…it was funny though on saturday i went walking through the mall and when i stopped at a franchise kiosk for tmobile and was asking about it they said sunday and they said they had an official memo about it. But when i walked about 10 feet down to the official tmobile store they said they hadn’t heard a thing about 3g coming to anywhere in utah for a while. They repeated the same thing that i been hearing for quite a while that a lot of emergency services are still using the 1700 range and they had to wait for them to abandon it. LOL It was funny at the franchise kiosk that those guys would tell me anything to get me to buy that piece of crap mytouch.

  • Anthony

    I met a T-Mobile engineer at the airport who said that SLC was getting 3G, he slated it to be mid-september through end of september. Their situation on that was it was a go, but their switch and engineering operations were molding with their admin offices and they were moving from SLC to Draper. Their consolidating their efforts under one umbrella.

  • jj

    It’s past 5am MST, the stupid little E is staring back at me! Where’s the 3G symbol, if this was just a rumor I hope something really really bad happens to the person/persons involved! What a major disappointment :-(

  • Blue_Alien

    I really hope that they turn on 3g today. Edge is haunting my dreams.

  • robertd

    I’m a T-Mobile sales rep and can confirm that we’re “supposed” to have 3G by the end of the day. I was told that it’s not quite as simple as flipping a switch, so give it some time. It will happen!

  • Slowly but surely I am losing hope that we will get 3G in SLC. Sprint and ATT will be introducing 17G and Tmobile will finally make 3G happen in Salt Lake.

  • dayve

    I wouldn’t get your hopes up for 3G today. There has not been one bit of information that wasn’t “so and so works for Tmobile… said it’ll be here September “.

    Also, Tmobile reps are notorious for giving bad/bogus/incorrect information so I’d take what they have to say with a grain of salt. That goes for kiosk and store employees too.

  • ixi

    Like I said with my first post…I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • mike85

    it’s the 21st still no 3g

  • Jesse

    Yay! I have 3G in Boise

  • Argh, all my hopes were up, by still just EDGE :(

  • Anonymous

    Still have EDGE here in Idaho. I hope it is just the area I am in if Jesse has 3G. Maybe later in the day at work I’ll see something.

  • Marr0w59

    Tmobile 3G rollout in SLC delayed 24 hours due to technical issues.

  • The thing that makes me wonder is if a lot of people reported having their EDGE down last night, doesn’t that kind of show that something IS going to happen?
    I was hoping to wake up this morning and see a nice 3G, but I still have that stupid E !
    Somebody write a letter (snail mail) to the upper management and tell them their store reps lie like mad.

  • LeggNet

    It’s being reported over at AndroidCentral.com that SLC already has 3G. If it’s just a rumor, it has sure gotten around.

  • ashton

    Still on stupid EDGE 10.05 am , and jesse stop lying, OK

  • JJ

    I work in WVC, the E is on full on my mythouch, no signs of 3G :-(

  • mike85

    isn’t it just our luck we wait this long and still no 3g even when we’re supposed to get it wow come on this is killin me

  • Mike85, it is Salt Lakes luck to be the only one with a possible rumor and if it was true then why do we get the technical difficulties. Definitely no 3G cause I just downloaded an update a creeper speed.

  • robertd

    It’s just been delayed until tonight because of some technical issues, but it’s still coming! To everyone that say this is just a rumor, it would have to be a pretty elaborate one to be causing such a fuss. I’m a T-Mo rep here in SLC and can promise that it’s coming, very soon.

    @dayve You do realize that the majority of info on this site comes from T-Mo reps, right? No one has been lying, they’ve simply been passing on the information that they’ve been given.

    Let’s all just calm down and try to be patient. We’ve already waited a year and a half since 3G started rolling out, a few more hours won’t kill us.

  • Anthony

    SLC International Airport still at Edge speeds. This wait is killing me.

  • @robertd Oh we can’t wait a few more hours, there is no such “calming down!” Where do these engineers meet? Lets start a SLC 3G Revolution… ;)

    Glad to hear it MAY be turned on tonight.

  • I just spoke 3 reps from 3 different T-Mobile stores and they all gave me the same info: It was supposed to be turned on this morning, but there is a delay and it will be turned on sometime today or possibly into tomorrow. Since all 3 people gave me basically the exact info, pretty good odds they have that information coming down from some higher ups or something. One of the guys even confirmed with an engineer that SLC will indeed be getting 3G sometime very soon.
    They are still T-Mobile reps at the stores, so it is entirely possible that they were told by management to just tell anybody who called looking for 3G information that it will be on soon…I have heard that you may have to change towers or reset your connection to the tower to get it once it is active, so everybody try going into airplane mode then back or turn it off and back on. I’m in Holladay and I still see the E after numerous powercycles.

  • dayve

    @robertd

    Look at all the different and conflicting reports from people (just in this comment thread!) who claim to have received information from T-Mobile reps. I don’t deny that one of you may have the right information, but the signal-to-noise ratio in anything any ‘rep’ says is always low.

    I base my statements on years of being a T-Mobile customer and years of following different phone forums. Posts that start off “just got off the phone with a rep, they said xxx..” usually lead to the rep having bad info or just being misinformed. I’m not saying people who work at T-Mobile are always wrong, but we the readers have no idea who to trust and who not to trust.

    Either way, I hope the SLC 3G posts aren’t, because I would love some 3G goodness in the happy valley already!

  • Anthony

    The T-Mobile engineers and tower are located behind the Jazz practice center. They are being moved to the draper building to combine with the T-Mobile admin offices. Its like 12000 S State St.

  • Todd

    Anthony,

    Are you suggesting that the T-Mobile switching facility is being moved from its current location on 700 West in Salt Lake INTO the Draper Admin offices on the West side of I-15 in Draper?

  • robertd

    It has actually already been moved over the course of the past year. That’s the number one reason that Salt Lake City hasn’t gotten 3G yet. Originally SLC was slated to have 3G at the beginning of last year, but the relocation of the switch took some time. That is now complete though, and last night’s delay was simply a software problem. Apparently, the 3G network wasn’t set up to bill usage correctly, and they are working to solve the problem and have the network launched very soon, tonight if possible.

  • KC

    I am assuming that when 3G launches Logan will be left out. Does anyone know if the signal is supposed to reach up to Logan. I’m dying up here.

  • Todd

    Thanks for your insight, robertd. Any particular reason why the switch was moved? Is the new space larger?

    It was fun visiting the old switch on 700 W. and seeing all the cabinets and rolls of coaxial sitting out back.

  • Eric

    Still no 3g… i don’t care if it takes a few days more.. i just want it before October :) then ill still be happy.. so STOKED that its finally almost here.. lets keep our fingers crossed.

  • Parker

    I can see dealers doing such a thing, but I work for the corporate branch and have an offical email from Tmo that it was suppose to be today. Our Manager sent a email to see what’s taking so long and still no reply. It was officially suppose to be today! Don’t blame this on the reps it’s not our fault, complications can happen.

  • Parker

    We also received a map of the 3G towers, Provo/Orem and the Layton/Ogden area is suppose to get it along with Salt Lake City. Everything else between is slated for a future date.

  • Slick

    Eric- I just hope we get it before 2010! LOL All kidding aside I hope it’s soon! I’m tired of waiting!

  • My question is, has anyone in SLC actually used 3G anywhere on travel or moved from a 3G location? Is it really fast, meh fast, or decent fast? I am excited to pull up Google Map info quicker, buy songs on the fly through Amazon, and watch Top Gear on youtube.com waiting in the ever slow VA hospital.

  • I live in Provo and have used 3G in both Provo and Anaheim on my G1. I wouldn’t say it was the fastest internet that I have ever used but it was noticeably quicker. It was fast enough for me to watch Hulu on my laptop while it was tethered to my G1.

  • ^^ I meant to say that I’ve used it in Las Vegas and Anaheim.

  • dayve

    @Weebler

    Yes I’ve used it in NYC and it was fast and snappy, I was amazed how fast stuff came up (coming from SLC where we’ve never had Tmo 3G). Not meh fast, but I suppose it depends on what you’re used to. If you’re talking from EDGE to 3G it’s a big (noticeable) difference

  • gigi

    3G is AWESOME, a LOT faster than Edge. It’s like we’re still on dial up, and cable internet is next! That’s how different it is.

  • @Dayve & @Jason Wright, thanks for the feedback guys. I’ve never had anything faster than the big E so I am giddy as hell. I am always browsing for something so this should make my life easier. I was in Shopko trying to browse Newegg.com for a ethernet cable for price comparison, I spent 7 minutes just waiting around after I had navigated via the browser on my G1.

  • dayve

    Get the barcode scanning app and it can save you some time for those type of comparisons.

    OTOH.. Where is 3G already!!?>!>

  • @dayve,

    Yeah I have that but I needed the cable tonight so I couldn’t wait sadly. Please 3G drop.

  • Slick

    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? ;)

  • OMG I think I see a 3 and G….

    J/K

  • Smeldraper

    No “E”, no 3, no g, no bars, no nothing…it is a very quiet night and i am sitting in the corner rocking myself…wth is going on? Getting tired of No Service. :(

  • The wife and I just checked our G1’s and we have the E starring at us, odd we have service.

  • I still have service, but only have that ugly E staring at me. Come on, T-Mobile! We want 3G!

  • Smeldraper

    I got it to come back for a few minutes only to loose it again. Must just be this area or something.

  • Todd

    Smeldraper-

    Where are you at with no service? Out in Draper?

  • JJ

    I wonder if I will wake up to 3G, my expectations are very low though. AT&T is looking more and more appealing. We will see.

  • eric

    I have 3g an I’m in draper! So excited.. its still on and off, but still, when its loading in 3g its sooo amazing. Hopefully its fully up in the morning, way stoked on it. Before I was done typeing it went back to edge, an waiting on the 3g again to post.. and.. there it is! Woot woot!

  • Dakken

    3G has been spotted in Ogden!

  • Parker

    3G is alive and kickin guys!!! It’s incredible!!!! Now to cancel Qwest and order my laptop stick!

  • Jim

    Eric, what is the location are you in Draper? I am in Draper too. I didn’t get the 3G signal.

  • ben

    Started bouncing between edge and 3g at 12:08 in downtown SLC

  • JJ

    Holy 3G oh my goodness! I am in total shock!

  • JJ

    It keeps switching from 3G to E on my couch is that normal?

  • Frenchy99

    Woot woot 3G speeds in bountiful! I can’t believe this is happening I must be dreaming! lol

  • Derrick

    Still good old 2G in West Jordan, I’m thinking that WJ has to get it if Draper does, we’re closer to Salt Lake proper. Hope I have it here in the morning

  • ToddT

    3G alive in West Jordan.

  • zach

    Slc, I just saw my e briefly replaced by a 3g. I think its coming.

  • 3G as of 12:23AM!
    Way to go Magenta :D

  • ashton

    what the hell is H? I’m getting H in sandy.

  • Derrick

    Ah, I just saw it too, but only for like 10 seconds. Now I’m back to EDGE.

  • trickinit

    3G up here in South Ogden! But only for a minute, then it went back to EDGE..

  • JJ

    I’m in Riverton and 3G is up and running on my MyTouch3G. Make sure you uncheck the 2G only

  • Jim

    H means HSDPA. It is a 3.5G up tp 7.2MB download. My country already support “H”.

  • trickinit

    It keeps going from 3G to EDGE to no data connection, over and over.

  • ashton

    correction 3G live in sandy 12:41 the H thing was from the theme that I’m running on my G1 H = 3G baby

  • Vedran

    3G In the avenues DOWNTOWN SLC today all day without a problem thank you TMOBILE

  • trickinit

    I actually keep getting a G for GPRS too.. I wonder how long it’s going to be screwy like this.

  • Dean

    3G here in Provo ut! Wahoo!

  • Austin

    Have a strong 3g signal in clearfield!!! The Internet Is super fast!!!

  • ixi

    Yeah I’m showing a G but yet it’s saying I’m on the 3G network.

  • 3G on SLC wooooooooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Smeldraper

    I am in Ogden, utah…it is 3g sometimes 2g other times and then nothing at all. Going to take my phone into T-Mobile tomorrow if it continues to fluctuate like this.

  • LeggNet

    3G in Riverton. Just ran a speedtest on my Android and got 844 down/128 up. Very nice!

  • Anthony

    I woke up this morning with 3G in Magna, lost it and went back to edge. I power cycled my phone and have kept 3G, in Magna, West Valley and here at work at SLC International Airport, I’m loving it.

  • Tyler

    O yea! 3g in south jordan. Its on and off…but its here! My processor keeps getting warm from playin with the internet…lol

  • shaun

    3G stable in Midvale! Thanks TMobile!

  • 3G in Cottonwood Heights 4:46 am stable. This is my best geek day ever! 3G came to SLC and I found out I was selectesd to host an official Microsoft Windows 7 party and get a free copy. Wööt!

  • 3G is spotty all of a sudden… what gives?

  • jason

    Yeah 3g goodness……….its a little spotty but to see 3g makes me happy!!!!!!

  • My 3G is working great in Provo.

  • ashton

    3g all the way downtown baby

  • mike85

    strong steady signal in bountiful awesome awesome awesome well worth the wait!!!

  • Eric

    hey jim, sorry for the late post but i live by 7th and 114th. and after i posted last night it was roaring.

  • Nick

    Just ran a speed test i got an average of 648Kbits down and 300kbits up

    Ran a test in layton, kaysville, woods cross, north salt lake and west valley 3G is a go

  • Anthony

    This 3G momement was long overdue, I cant describe how exciting it was this morning. It was like Utah winning a BCS bowl again, haha…

  • m

    blah no 3G in Boise yet :(

  • Jim

    The 3G signal in Draper around 12th E 123th S is not good enough, it switch back to E sometimes.

  • Travis

    3G on and off here in SLC. I’m getting a weak signal at my office right now, perhaps it’s better outside. Nice to hear Draper is online as well, perhaps home in Herriman will be as well. I expect coverage will be a little spotty while they get things sorted, but it’s working great when I see that nifty little 3G icon.

    I had network issues, so I rebooted, and up popped the 3G icon. I almost didn’t believe it. :)

  • I have been 3G less for 2 hours in Cottonwood heights, went over into Holladay at 33rd S. and 23rd E. and nothing. Im at 6350 S. 3000 E. office area and nada. Please 3G, come back.

  • I am going to embarrass myself but somehow in the wireless controls/mobile networks section, the use-only-2g-networks was checked. 3G finally came back up. I don’t know how but I fixed it.

  • Aukicadeso

    Had 3G this morning in Cedar Hills, but on and off. Caught some on the way to American Fork, then lost it in the office in AF. I wonder when the T-mobile data coverage app will show 3G in SLC? It still shows Edge in the region as of today.

  • J

    The 3G coverage can lag by a week or two if I remember correctly.

  • J

    The coverage map I mean.

  • I’ve been around the valley today in: Herriman, Riverton, Draper, Sandy, Murray, Midvale, Holladay, Cottonwood Heights & South Salt Lake and had 3G everytime I looked at my Android MyTouch3G. Looking good so far.

  • Josh Wahl

    I have had 3G all day today in Provo, I work a block from a T-Mobile tower and it has been awesome! I live in Mapleton, about 10 miles south of Provo or so, and I’ve had very very small coverage (1 bar at times is all) of 3G, I normally get 3-4 bars of “E” service at my house, hopefully they will have full bars of 3G in Mapleton/Springville area soon too!

  • Jim

    After have 3G, I can not sync my Gmail account, it showed “No connection” ? Have anyone has this problem?

  • Slick

    I get horrible cell phone signal at my house and it keeps on going back and forth between 3G and Edge. Thank goodness I have WiFi at home or I would be losing my mind right now.

  • gigi

    I had it downtown SLC today! When I got home (Sandy) it was back to the E — not sure if I don’t get it in Sandy, or if it quit working (temporarily of course)…

  • Vwatzisface

    So, SLC 3G on my Behold sucks… Just saying

  • It’s now time for 4G!