T-Mobile’s Dream phone, which will be the first to feature the Google Android technology (thus making the Google Phone a reality), is set for official unveiling. So it comes as no surprise that T-Mobile just announced a wireless network expansion plan, which includes the deployment of its third-generation (3G) wireless broadband service to 27 major markets in the United States. This planned expansion, which should be in place by year’s end, will deliver T-Mobile 3G services to more than two-thirds of the company’s current data customers.
Moreover, the company plans what they are so far calling “meaningful expansion” to additional customers and markets throughout 2009.
“With the faster data speeds delivered by our 3G network, T-Mobile looks forward to offering mobile products and services that place the full power of the Web in our customers’ hands,” said Cole Brodman, chief development officer, T-Mobile USA.
The current T-Mobile UMTS/HSDP high-speed data network is available to 13 major metro markets, including Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York (which includes northern New Jersey and Long Island), Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio and San Diego. The expansion, which should begin in mid-October, will include Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia, Sacramento, San Francisco and Seattle—while the six additional markets of Birmingham, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Memphis and Tampa will be rolled out by the end of the year. This will bring the total number of T-Mobile 3G network covered markets to 27.
Currently, the 3G network supports multiple UMTS capable-phones as well as the HSDPA-enabled Sony Ericsson TM506. Of course T-Mobile has hinted that the company plans to offer “new and compelling data-centric” all-in-one devices. We just have to wonder if that’s a Dream about to come true.