Last Wednesday T Mobile USA launched a new dongle that will for the first time, enable laptops and portable computers to access T Mobile’s cellular broadband network for a wireless internet connection.
All you have to do is just plug the dongle into your USB slot and away you go. The stick will automatically locate the best Wi-Fi connection which may be T Mobile’s network or another local hotspot.
You can have one of these dongles for as little as 50$ for a two year contract or $100 if you only want to commit yourself for 12 months. After that, the service costs are $60 a month for up to 5 gigabytes of traffic.
Whilst we’re talking about costs, these prices are more or less comparable with the three other larger wireless carriers, Verizon Wireless, AT & T Inc and Sprint Nextel Corp, all of whom already offer a wireless data network.
Incidentally, Verizon, which is currently the largest wireless telecommunications network in the US are planning to roll out 4G or a 4th Generation data network in the near future.
Those who subscribe to T Mobile’s offer and purchase the USB dongle will be able to tap into T Mobile’s network of over 10,000 Wi-Fi spots free of charge at locations across the county in places such as hotels, airports and shops. They will also be able to have free access at Starbucks shops even though it is AT & T that currently operates those particular hotspots.
T-Mobile inaugurated the network last year for the use of a few phones, most notably the G1 “Google phone.” The network reached about 100 million people by the end of 2008, and T-Mobile plans for it to cover 200 million by the end of this year, said Jeremy Korst, T-Mobile’s director of broadband products and services.
Not only can you get access to T Mobile’s high speed network, the USB dongle, made by Chinese manufacturer Huawei Technologies Co, accommodates up to 8GB of installable microSD memory card and allows users to store documents, movies, music and other data.
T Mobile USA, formerly VoiceStream before it was acquired by Deutsche Telekom in 2001 and who changed its name to T Mobile a short while later is a major cellular telecommunications provider based in the US being the 4th largest wireless carrier in the country and is a subsidiary of T Mobile International AG based in Germany.