*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.