Wireless carrier T-Mobile USA is reportedly gearing up for delivering enhanced data speeds to its customers as soon as March 14. The carrier is set to upgrade its network to HSPA+ during the ongoing year, and will also launch devices to support the technology, the first of which is said to be the webConnect Rocket.
According to a recent article on androidandme, T-Mobile plans on integrating “HSPA+ into its 3G network with broad national deployment planned for this year.” What users will receive from the carrier following the upgrade includes data speeds that reach 21 Mbps, and TmoNews says that the network is called “Very Fast Mobile Web.” Moreover, the news site notes that T-Mobile says it will be able to deliver “home broadband like speeds on the go.”
In other words, T-Mobile's upgraded network will be able to deliver an experience similar to the one the 4G networks being deployed these days can deliver. And it seems that it will also offer the devices needed to benefit from the technology, as the webConnect Rocket with support for HSPA+ will land at the carrier on March 14, being the first such product T-Mobile has in store for its users.
The HSPA+ webConnect Rocket will arrive in pilot markets at the beginning, it seems, including Dallas, TX, Miami, FL, Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and probably Philadelphia, PA, which was previously selected as the test market for HSPA+. Unfortunately, it seems that no details on the pricing of the device emerged, nor on the “Very Fast Mobile Web” data plans.
Among the other HSPA+ devices T-Mobile will bring to the market, we might also see an Android-based mobile phone before the end of the ongoing year. One such handset has been already announced officially, the Huawei U8800 with Android 2.1 and a 3.8-inch touchscreen display, and it wouldn't come as a surprise if T-Mobile decides to launch it on its airwaves.