T-Mobile confirms super-3G launch

Summary:As it launched its new mobile Web service, T-Mobile confirmed that customers should be able to get download speeds of up to 1.8Mbps on the move next year

T-Mobile has launched its own mobile Internet service, dubbed "Web n walk", and has confirmed it will be introducing HSDPA — high speed mobile broadband — to its subscribers from next year.

Despite launching its Internet service within days of O2's i-mode debut, T-Mobile is opting for an open access service, rather than the walled-garden approach favoured by O2 and recently ditched by 3.

Alongside a Google homepage will be the usual suspects of email and IM, with a 'child lock' to stop kids accessing adult content. Anyone over 18 can request the lock be removed.

To accompany Web n walk, T-Mobile will be releasing eight new handsets by Christmas including the Paris Hilton 'hack' phone, the Sidekick, and a 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi combo, the MDA Pro.

The MDA Pro will run on Windows Mobile 5.0 and other handsets will feature a browser from Opera.

According to a T-Mobile spokesman, access speeds will be around 384Kbps.

But customers should get a boost in 2006, when T-Mobile's group chief technology officer Hamid Akhavan says the company will introduce HSDPA, which offers speeds of up to 1.8Mbps.

Topics: Mobility

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Jo Best has been covering IT for the best part of a decade for publications including silicon.com, Guardian Government Computing and ZDNet in both London and Sydney.

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