T-Mobile – Where’s my 3G?

February 5th, 20120 Comments »

T-Mobile – Where’s my 3G? After the ill-fated, AT & T takeover of T-Mobile, there have been a number of reports circulated that some unlocked iPhones being used on the T-Mobile network are receiving 3G coverage.  The reports that I have read specifically mention Las Vegas.  As a longtime T-Mobile customer I was so excited when I read this. Apparently as part of the break-up deal, T-Mobile  USA received a large package of Advanced Wireless Solutions (AWS) spectrum and long-term national UMTS roaming agreement

For those that know me, they know that I am a hardcore BlackBerry user. One of my favorite sites, CrackBerry, can probably attest to that!  Hands down, BlackBerry offers the best email experience for a business or power user. I have 11 active email accounts and I can easily manage my email which average at least 300 a day.

About 2 years ago, a former coworker had upgraded to the iPhone 4.  Since I like to “tinker” and have been perpetually curious about the popularity over the iPhone, I asked him if he was interested in selling his iPhone 3GS to me and he did.  Then another coworker upgraded and I bought his 3GS too.  After a brief learning curve, I performed a jailbreak and unlock on both phones, gave one to my Mom and I kept the other as my toy to surf  the web on wifi.  The battery life is great and I actually viewed it as a novelty.

And then something happened.  I realized I was using it more and more. I started out on wifi and soon after added a phone line to it and began carrying 2 phones.  Although my trusty BlackBerry was and is still my prime means of mobile email communication and I can text on it with my eyes closed,  I found myself using the iPhone 3GS for web surfing, GPS and began to talk on it more and more.  Even my Mom, who is a total non-computer person, suddenly became the mobile Internet queen. So T-Mobile – Where’s my 3G?

The only thing lacking was that if I am not on wifi, the speed is kind of slow.  Not awful I may add but slow. Slow enough that I would not even consider shelling out in upwards of $500 on an locked iPhone 4S.  When I read about people in Las Vegas receiving a 3G signal, I immediately toggled the 3G switch and, to my amazement, the phone did not lose signal as it usually does.  That was great however the big E denoting Edge was still there and not a 3G signal. So T-Mobile – where’s my 3G?

Come on , you’ve got the spectrum so T-Mobile – Where’s my 3G?

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A Las Vegas "native" by way of New York, I'm a professional blogger who favors all things Las Vegas and offers a unique, witty and sometimes controversial perspective. You can count on me to tell it like it is. Please visit my other sites Las Vegas World News and Celebrity Feast Connect with me on Google+ Chellies World on Google+

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