T-Mobile 3G Coverage Reaches D.C. Area
Cell-phone users in the Washington area now have four choices for mobile-broadband service. Last week, T-Mobile USA announced that it had switched on its "3G" service here, joining AT&T Wireless, Sprint and Verizon Wireless in offering fast connectivity -- as in, downloads of 500 kbps or more -- over the air.
T-Mobile's move allowed the company to begin selling its T-Mobile G1, its promising but flawed phone running Google's Android software, in some of its D.C.-area stores on Friday. The Bellevue, Wash., subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom beat its own "late November" estimate for this service upgrade by several weeks.
T-Mobile has also recently expanded 3G coverage to Sacramento, Memphis and Tampa, although its broadband network still lags far behind those of AT&T, Sprint and Verizon. (As late as mid-September, it only covered 13 metro areas.)
A look at T-Mobile's 3G coverage around the Washington area reveals some major gaps. The company seems to have everything inside the Beltway covered, but much of the market is stuck with its slower EDGE service -- including such farther suburbs as Frederick and Prince William counties, Leesburg and Columbia, but also a large chunk of Prince George's County east of the Beltway.
T-Mobile 3G users, I'd like to hear from you now: Are you finding that the carrier's broadband coverage matches what you see on its maps? What sort of download speeds are you getting?
November 11, 2008; 11:50 AM ET
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