*sigh* It’s so frustrating being a data-loving T-Mobile customer sometimes. I’m planning a migration to Verizon because of their speedy EVDO wireless data access (~1.5Mbps). I have reservations, because other than the slow GPRS data (~50Kbps) and their lax attitude toward providing anything better before 2007, I’ve been quite happy with T-Mobile.
So here comes news, out of the blue, that they’ve launched higher speed EDGE access (~120Kbps) across 90% of their GPRS network. EDGE is basically a speed boost to the existing GPRS network. Theoretically, all you need is an EDGE-capable device, like a Treo 650, HP iPAQ 6500, Motorola “Q”, etc. and if you already have GPRS access, like I do, you’re set.
If they had told me that this was coming, it might have prevented me from abandoning them for Verizon. Maybe. EDGE is nowhere near as fast as EVDO, but staying with T-Mobile and GSM/GPRS/EDGE would give me a much greater choice of devices (mentioned above) and the ease of switching from one device to another simply by moving a SIM card.
The last I had heard, T-Mobile wasn’t planning on rolling out any speed upgrades to its GPRS network until 2007, at the earliest. Sticking with them would have been like sticking with dial-up internet access when high speed broadband access was available. Madness, in other words.
I’m still going to switch to EVDO. This speed boost is too little, too late. You had your chance to keep me, T-Mobile, and you lost it.