This has been a busy week for T-Mobile, as the mobile phone carrier saw its first highly anticipated G1 handset go on sale in San Francisco this past Tuesday evening before rolling out nationwide on Wednesday. The phone is now available at select retail locations or online.
The T-Mobile G1 is the first Google Android powered mobile phone, and it combines full touch-screen functionality along with a QWERTY keyboard. The inclusion of the Android technology means that it will support dozens of Android Market applications, as well as popular Google apps such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail and YouTube.
“During the past month, we’ve seen unbridled excitement for the T-Mobile G1 and the positive impact it will have on the mobile lives of our customers,” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “In fact, among those T-Mobile customers who have pre-ordered the phone, roughly half have traded up from a basic handset, illustrating the leap many consumers are taking to a rich, accessible mobile Web experience. Its design, functionality and value make the first-of-its-kind T-Mobile G1 a truly approachable device for the masses.”
Expansion of Commercial 3G Networks
Of course the timing for the phone’s release was to coincide with the expansion of T-Mobile’s 3G networks. The service is currently available in 95 major markets, and will further expand to more than 120 major cities by the end of this year.
“We’re excited about the broad scale and reach of our 3G footprint in major cities across the nation, already accessible by tens of millions of consumers. And today, where the majority of our customers use data services, our 3G network is there for them,” said Neville Ray, senior vice president of Engineering and Operations, T-Mobile USA. “Our 3G footprint will continue to expand, and we look forward to continuing to deliver the rich experiences a 3G network can bring to T-Mobile customers.”
The network can deliver download speeds of up to 1 Mbps to compatible 3G-capable handsets. In addition to being available on the G1, T-Mobile’s Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)/High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) data network supports multiple 3G-capable phones. This third-generation (3G) wireless broadband service has been growing in popularity, and in the coming weeks will expand to such cities as Memphis, Tenn., Tampa, Fla. and Washington, D.C. T-Mobile has published a complete list of cities where 3G coverage is available at http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.