T-Mobile Prepares For HSPA+ Rocket Liftoff
By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 23 2010 - 11:04am
BELLEVUE, WASH. — T-Mobile
launched the first HSPA+ device from
a national cellular carrier on March 14,
when the WebConnect Rocket USB
Laptop Stick went on sale for use in the
carrier’s single HSPA+ market in Philadelphia.
HSPA+ delivers theoretical wirelessdownload
speeds of 21Mbps compared
with 7.2Mbps HSPA, which is deployed
throughout T-Mobile’s network. The carrier,
however, said it’s still “working to put
the necessary backhaul in place to support
these faster [7.2Mbps HSPA] speeds.”
In the coming months, the carrier continued,
T-Mobile turn on HSPA+ in major
cities on both coasts, followed by a
“broad national deployment” planned for
the end of the year.
The PC- and Mac-compatible laptop
stick also incorporates Wi-Fi, and unlimited
free use of T-Mobile Hot Spots is included
in the stick’s data plans.
The stick will retail for $99.99, plus
taxes and fees, with a two-year contract
and WebConnect data plan at select carrier-
owned stores in Philadelphia, online
and at (800) TMobile.
WebConnect data plans requiring twoyear
contracts are the $59.99/month plan
with included 5GB/month and $29.99/
month for 200MB plan. Overage charges
for both are 20 cents/MB.
The new no-contract Even More Plus
WebConnect data plans are $49.99/month
for 5GB and $19.99/month for 200MB.
Overage charges are 20 cents/MB.