GBM InkShow: T-Mobile WebConnect Rocket

T-Mobile recently began upgrading their mobile network to HSPA+, offering speeds up to 21Mbps. Of course, “up to” is such a relative term. Does their faster network really deliver? That’s a question I sought to answer in evaluating their WebConnect Rocket laptop stick, a.k.a. USB modem.

T-Mobile initially approached Josh Smith, our comrade-in-arms at, about an eval. However, the upgrade wasn’t starting in his neck of the woods, but they’re up and running in the DC suburbs where I live. By coincidence, I had an overnight trip planned for Philadelphia, another HSPA+ rollout area, so I was able to squeeze in online time there too for a two-town test.

Managed to shoot a bit of video at several locations and put it together, along with a brief intro, in this GBM InkShow. I also have a full write-up with map locations to give you an idea of what to expect with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network and WebConnect rocket. Thanks to T-Mobile for letting me run around on their network (and to Josh Smith for pointing them in my direction).

GBM InkShows are sponsored by MobileDemand. Check them out for rugged mobile computers.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


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