Playing Catch Up?
Soâ€¦ itâ€™s clear to many of us (especially given that theyâ€™re the only provider in the U.S. offering android phones at the moment) that T-Mobile has being playing a bit of catch-up to get their 3G network up and running. This has just left me sad and disappointed being that Iâ€™m a T-Mobile customerâ€¦ as are the rest of you U.S. Android users.
The biggest surprise in all of this is that T-Mobile has consistently proven itself to be a leader when it comes to smartphones in general. In offering BlackBerries, any number of Window Mobile devices or their very own Sidekick, T-Mobile has demonstrated that it gets it. It understands the role that these phones will play in the future of mobile communications and beyond. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s been so surprising that they havenâ€™t had better coverage on their 3G network.
Now as for me, Iâ€™m one of these guys who have to aim about twelve times before Iâ€™ll fire. Everything has to be just so-so and I have to be confidant that Iâ€™ve got all my bases covered. So the way I see it, you would want to make sure you had the best network in place before you put the best phones out there. Well as I saidâ€¦ T-Mobile has proven that it gets it and we just got more proof of that recently.
My guess has long been that T-Mobileâ€™s late-to-the-game thing had to do with the fact that they were trying to be prepared for the next next-generation network and recently, Iâ€™m very proud to say, they proved me right. T-Mobile announced that they are planning to roll out their new 21Mbps HSDPA 3G coverage in 2010. Thatâ€™s rightâ€¦ this means the T-Mobile data network will be nearly three times faster than AT&Tâ€™s service at only 7.2Mbps. I wonder what this will mean our beloved Android phones. The network with the most commitment to Android with the fastest data networkâ€¦ I like!
It looks like T-Mobile, unsurprisingly, has been less interested in playing catch-up and more focused on playing a little leap frog.