webConnect Firmware Update Brings Minor Changes, Enhancements

With data all the rage these days we can understand the need for the wireless carriers to focus on software update for data sticks as well as phones themselves. Given that, T-mobile is dropping a firmware update for webConnect tomorrow that will bring stronger connectivity and a replaced network indicator symbol. Nothing earth shattering here but it’s always welcome to see improvements and enhancements that provide better service. Plus a “4G” network indicator is cooler than an “H+”.

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  • Metalfreek617

    what does this mean? i got the mytouch 4g so does this mean i am gonna get an update tomorrow?

  • Metalfreek617

    oops nevermind that is the usb sticks.. lol couldnt delete my comment

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… I never had the H+ icon on my webConnect Manager. I do have the current firmware on my Rocket 1.0, but only says 3G. I am in a HSPA+ area, too. I wonder if this actually only applies to the Rocket 2.0 and other newer devices.

    • Guest

      i also have the original rocket and this update makes it seem like we were supposed to have an H+ logo and this latest update was updating that H+ to a 4g logo. meanwhile we only had the 3g logo and im in an hspa+ area and always have been. maybe we missed a software upgrade between this one?

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… I never had the H+ icon on my webConnect Manager. I do have the current firmware on my Rocket 1.0, but only says 3G. I am in a HSPA+ area, too. I wonder if this actually only applies to the Rocket 2.0 and other newer devices.

  • Youngt82

    So is this only for data sticks and myTouch 4g and G2 phone????

    • Anonymous

      No, this is for webConnect devices(a.k.a. data sticks), not phones.

  • Paul

    If only that firmware update also comes with increased throttled speeds for webConnect users. 50 kbps is not a realistic speed for computers.

    If they did that, then maybe I’ll switch back. I’m currently using Verizon’s 3G/4G mobile broadband plan. Still have my now useless Rocket 2.0 stick that I paid full price for. T-Mobile won’t even unlock it either.

    • Root

      T-Mobile just wants you to stop using your data stick at 5 GB. With the extremely slow throttled speed, it’s not much different than a hard cap. Every time I hit the 5 GB, I never took out my Rocket modem until my next billing cycle.

      Anyway, I canceled my webConnect plan, rooted my phone and now tethering it for free. I hardly used any data on the phone itself anyway so I pretty much still have the same 5 GB cap but $40 less.

      • sman

        i had the same experience. i got the rocket stick because i didn’t want to go through rooting my phone and killing my battery life. then i hit that 50 kbps throttled speed. made the stick pretty useless.

        after some months i just decided to root my phone and tether it. with so many easy step-by-step instructions with helpful forums or one click root apps everywhere, it was painless. i also bought a second battery and keep it in my laptop bag. i also get the same “4G” speeds on my 3G phone as my rocket stick.

      • sman

        i had the same experience. i got the rocket stick because i didn’t want to go through rooting my phone and killing my battery life. then i hit that 50 kbps throttled speed. made the stick pretty useless.

        after some months i just decided to root my phone and tether it. with so many easy step-by-step instructions with helpful forums or one click root apps everywhere, it was painless. i also bought a second battery and keep it in my laptop bag. i also get the same “4G” speeds on my 3G phone as my rocket stick.

        • TMOisslow

          Welcome guys. I have been posting this for months to the chagrin of many readers. The average speed is 3Down. False advertising. I find it amusing that they are addressing the XP and blue screen problems which I had and they denied. I too returned the stick. Lets see….unlimited data for phone 30 for stick 40.

          Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Do not give me the stick is meant for power users schpeal. If that were the case, it would work at advertised speeds. Its a scam. Wait till the mifi comes out and they tout 21 or 42. Please.

          Thank goodness Starbucks reinstated their 1.5M service full duplex. Am I gonna pay for 3 when 1.5 is for free? NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          Just because you aren’t getting the fastest speeds possible on the network, doesn’t mean everyone else is getting the same speeds. The advertised speeds are THEORETICAL, just like with every other provider including cable/dsl providers. It is not a scam or false advertising. I use the Rocket 1.0 and get speeds of 7-9Mbps on a regular basis and on good nights hit 10-11Mbps. I use mine 2 nights out of each week while at work for 8 hrs and still have not hit 5GB in one billing cycle with all of the web browsing I do.

      • Droid Guy

        I went the webConnect Rocket route at first too. The T-Mobile rep wouldn’t or couldn’t tell me the exact throttled speed. I figured they wouldn’t have the same throttled speed as smart phones since they’re used completely differently. I hit the 5 GB cap after 12 days and got slowed to 0.05 Mbps. I not only got subpar 4G speeds (max 3 Mbps once) in my HSPA+ area, I get slowed down to the same speed as smart phones.

        Of course, I canceled my webConnect service and installed Wireless Tether on my already rooted phone. Now I’m saving myself 40 bucks a month. The only downside is that my phone turns into a dumb phone when I hit 5 GB. Oh well.

    • Root

      T-Mobile just wants you to stop using your data stick at 5 GB. With the extremely slow throttled speed, it’s not much different than a hard cap. Every time I hit the 5 GB, I never took out my Rocket modem until my next billing cycle.

      Anyway, I canceled my webConnect plan, rooted my phone and now tethering it for free. I hardly used any data on the phone itself anyway so I pretty much still have the same 5 GB cap but $40 less.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A5A2Q2DZ2YLQXCAZPZKMGWUHYI Ritchie

    Yes, i bought the Mytouch 4g nto the Mytouch H, lol

  • MarketingPerspective

    From a marketing perspective, T-Mobile needs to push the 4G icon to phones as well.

    Verizon is going to do this already with the Thunderbolt.

  • MarketingPerspective

    From a marketing perspective, T-Mobile needs to push the 4G icon to phones as well.

    Verizon is going to do this already with the Thunderbolt.

  • Tyrone M Jackson

    Great! They can push a firmware update for a product no one owns nor uses, but 9 months after they said myTouch 3G Slides would get 2.2 “soon”, zillions of T-Mobile customers who are Slide owners are still waiting.

  • Guest

    just updated and i still have the 3g logo and now it switches back and forth from 3g to 4g? anyone else have this? rocket 1.0

  • http://twitter.com/mbwinfield Mary Winfield

    Hello there, it’s March 12, 2011 and my Rocket 2.0 has not gotten prompted for a firmware update or any type of update.

    The 4G update applies to the Dell netbook with 4G (checked version for Feb 21, 2011 on the TMobile website). But mod 44 doesn’t apply to Rocket 2.0, it still shows mod 36.

  • http://twitter.com/mbwinfield Mary Winfield

    Hello there! It’s another week and still no firmware update has been posted to my Rocket 2.0!