Contrary to earlier reports that the initial 3G network launch from T-Mobile would be of the voice-only variety, the rollout officially happened earlier today in New York and it’s totally rocking high-speed data. The new 3G 1700MHz network brings UMTS/HSDPA data to New Yorkers first, offering users with compatible phones “faster data speeds when accessing the Web, or downloading content from the T-Mobile t-zones content portal.”
As it stands, the 3G network from T-Mobile is only doing the UMTS thing, but the higher-speed HSDPA upgrade is planned for later this year. Also, the network is only working in New York right now, but they will be slowly rolling into other major US markets over the course of the next few months. They expect that the high-speed data network will be “available in those cities where a majority of its subscribers currently use data services” by year’s end.
Even though 3G is alive and kicking, T-Mobile promises to continue building upon the existing T-Mobile HotSpot Wi-Fi network, its wireless high-speed Internet offering, and its nationwide voice and data network “to empower customers to effortlessly stay connected using the best available network.”