T-Mobile to Offer Second USB Modem?

While T-Mobile continues to roll out 3G, they keep adding devices that are 3G capable (hey, I’m not complaining).  While most of these upcoming devices are phones, it’s nice to see some peripherals being added to the mix.  This particular gadget is the Huawei webConnect Jet, or UMG 1691; and while it isn’t the Huawei that we are all hoping for, it does serve its purpose.  This USB modem supports quad-band GSM/EDGE and dual-band UMTS/HSDPA 1700/2100 (that sounds like T-Mobile to me).  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • iheartmo

    Could this device be the first device to support HSPA+?

  • Luis

    o hell yes that just confirms that tmobile might roll out there hspa+ sooner then later…..

    iam praying deeply here now lol

  • Chris Meyers

    No this is HSDPA 7.2 only, though with the rollout of HSDPA 7.2 by the end of the year in all markets, you will see a doubling in speed from 600K – 1.2 Mbps to 1200K – 2.4 Mbps. HSPA+ is next year, but make no mistake 7.2 is still a big rollout.

  • Peter

    The Huawei E1691e is the AWS version of the Huawei E169e (also know as E1690e if branded):

    http://www.huawei.com/mobileweb/en/products/view.do?id=1181

    This USB dongle indeed only supports HSDPA and no HSUPA, which is very disappointing. The device support in the AWS band seems to lag behind by more than a year. The E169 has been available since spring 2008:

    http://www.huawei.com/europe/en/catalog.do?id=854

    For the HSPA+ (21Mbps and 28Mbps with MIMO firmware upgrade) you will probably have to wait for the Huawei E1821 which is the AWS version of the Huawei E182+ (also know as E1820 if branded):

    http://www.huawei.com/ap/en/catalog.do?id=1113

    A comprehensive review of the HSPA+ dongle can be found at:

    http://www.ocworkbench.com/2009/starhub/starhub-hspa-plus-trial/g1.htm

  • Chris Meyers

    It has nothing to do with lag. Its because there is no business case for T-Mobile to release a HSPA+ modem now with no HSPA+ network deployed. If they requested it, it could certainly be produced. HSPA+ is barely in testing now on a few towers in Philly. This modem is half the size of the previous one (a major plus for smaller laptop owners) and supports HSDPA 7.2, which hasn’t even rolled out itself yet, but will be by the end of the year. Plenty good enough. This modem alone will double in speeds when 7.2 is turned on, and will reach about 3.6 Mbps in HSPA+ areas when that is rolled out, as evidenced by the magazine article yesterday. Stop whining for no reason.

  • Rob

    It’s taken T-Mo 3 yrs after the fact for them to roll out with a spotty 3G.
    By the time they fully jump into HSPA+ everyone else is going to have their 4G setup.
    I have been with T-Mo for 7 yrs and I hate the fact that they are always late to every game. They are kinda like the 3rd world country of technology.
    I wish they applied the same attitude they have in Europe to America.

  • pjs

    @ Rob, while I agree it is sad that they always choose to be behind in the technology race, do you really think that there will be a noticeable difference in 21 MBs (HSPA+) and 70+ MBs (4G) on handsets for the foreseeable future? I think it might make a difference on air cards but the bottleneck for handset has always been cpu power, ram and OS overhead (and yes I have already considered Tegra, etc hardware). Compare a current device with 3G and WiFi, while there is some difference between the two it is not night and day even though the WiFi is connecting at a much higher speed. Again I am all for being on the cutting edge of tech but I don’t see 4G having a massively different real world experience than HSPA+ for the foreseeable future.

  • Chris Meyers

    Its because nobody other than a few unimportant geeks care about the bleeding edge of technology until it becomes mainstream and the masses want it. T-Mobile wasn’t late to anything. There was no real need or business case for an HSDPA network until they deployed it in 2008. Now AT&T and T-Mobile use the exact same technology and I would submit to you that having used both TMO’s HSDPA is far more reliable than AT&Ts. Nobody has rolled out LTE yet and At&t has no plans until 2011 at the earliest. There is no business case to be made for anything greater than 10 Mbps real world into next year. NONE And btw !0 Mbps is what you can expect real time from tmo’s HSPA+ network next year.