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 Notebooks.com, 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).
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