December 22, 2014

T-Mobile 3G Network Ramping up to Coincide with Dream Release?

There’s a rumor running around the blogosphere that T-Mobile is fast at work on the 3G network for major rollout in the 4th quarter. We’re talking about cities and markets like Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, San Diego, Tampa, Seattle, San Francisco, L.A, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Detroit, and more.

Now, it’s not really a surprise that they would be building up their network. It’s just a matter of time before these cities get their T-Mobile upgrades. The news comes in the fact that they are expediting it to hit in the same time frame as the HTC Dream handset. The Dream is the first Android-based device to come from a founding partner of the Open Handset Alliance.

Launching 3G in 20 markets at one time is the hot rumor of the day. Allegedly, T-Mobile will flipping the switch to “ON” for these cities on October 1st. While we’ve not been able to get anything concrete to back it, the Dream’s launch date is also tied to this date. This is the first we’ve heard this as almost everything we’ve come across so far is closer to the end of the year.

The first Android device is not something that’s going to come sliding in under the radar. It’s going to have a lot of fanfare and hype surrounding it. It’s difficult for us to believe this October launch for the phone. The network? Yeah, sure we could see that. It seems more likely that T-Mobile is pushing harder to speed the rollout up specifically for the Dream.

There are going to be a lot of features on Android handsets that will work much smoother with a 3G network. Of course, EDGE will be available, but in order to get the real time updates and location based stuff to work best, it is in T-Mobile’s interest to get the 3G up in as many places as possible. Who wants a device hampered by network capabilities? Well, come to think of it, that didn’t stop people from buying the first iPhone.

Stay tuned to AndroidGuys as we’ll try to dig deeper and bring you more information.



  • TareX

    Has HTC gone Japanese? Are they planning to announce the Dream AFTER the Launch? The iPhone 3G is stealing many potential Android customers, and locking them in contract, and we are yet to see a SINGLE leaked Dream photo.

    Wasted many ‘Refresh’ clicks on Engadget these past months.

  • TareX

    But yeah I think the Dream’s delay is directly linked to T-mobiles failure to launch a 3G network earlier. But that hardly explains the lack of ANY leaks.

  • Mike
  • TareX

    Mike… this is not the Dream, and neither is any phone you find on a Google Image search.

    This is a photo of a prototype 200 Mhz device Andy Rubin used 6 months ago to demonstrate to a BBC reporter a very early build of Street View. It didn’t even have a compass.

    HTC is tight lipped about its Android device.

  • TareX

    typo: this was a 300 Mhz prototype…

  • Reid

    Haha, looks like you were a little too defensive for your own good on that one.

  • nick

    A few questions: Will the T-Mobile 3G network be for data as well as voice?

    and will the 3G network require deliver service where there was none previously? (I get current t-mobile service around my dorm room, but not in it. AT&T service is flawless in the dorm rooms, though). (If it helps, I go to school in a suburb of Philadelphia)

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