T-Mobile taps BT for backhaul

T-Mobile UK made a landmark agreement this week when it tapped BT wholesale to be its backhaul provider, initially using leased lines but later with Ethernet. Financial details of the contract were not released but analysts say that with mobile call prices falling, wireless operators need to ensure their networks are the lowest cost possible […]

Update: T-Mobile explains iPhone appearance

T-Mobile Germany has come up with a viable excuse for the brief appearance of what was thought to be a promotional page for the Apple iPhone on the operator’s website on Monday. The German operator inadvertently started the rumour mill grinding, when what appeared to be a test page went up on the t-mobile.de website […]

iPhone margin 55%, but not at T-Mobile yet

Rumours that T-Mobile would become the first European carrier to offer iPhones were denied by the company. According to various press reports, the firm was about to announce a deal with Apple for the much-hyped gadgets.Possibly there was even a 3G (UMTS) variant about to come out of the woodwork. However, what seems to have […]

T-Mobile USA intros UMA

T-Mobile USA officially launched its Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) service nationwide on Wednesday, becoming the first US carrier to allow calling over both wifi and cellular networks. Today’s announcement follows a soft launch of the service in the Western Washington/Seattle area in October. The HotSpot @Home offering means that customers can place free calls over […]

T-Mobile increases UK prepay prices

T-Mobile UK will be increasing charges for its prepaid customers from the end of July, the company revealed this week. ‘Everyone’ call prices for Pay As You Go users will increase from 12p to 15p per minute from the end of July. While calls on the ‘Mates Rates’ package are increasing from 5p to 8p […]

T-Mobile’s call termination opens can of worms

Hard done by internet telephony player, Truphone, is feeling the wrath of the UK’s mobile operators yet again. On Monday, the VoIP provider complained that T-Mobile had started blocking connections to Truphone’s number range, 07978, by refusing to interconnect with the service. T-Mobile’s argument hinges on the fact that because Truphone has managed to acquire […]

UK ops target small business

In the increasingly demanding business environment, small and medium enterprises could be missing out on £60,000 a year from not making better use of deadtime – the unproductive time spent travelling on business or waiting for meetings to start. Research conducted by YouGov on behalf of T-Mobile UK, found that SME managers are turning to […]

Windows Mobile 6 Wings it into US

T-Mobile USA is set to launch the first handset in the US to feature Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 on Tuesday. Developed by Taiwan’s High Tech Computer (HTC), the T-Mobile Wing has a blue soft-touch exterior, touch screen, and full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The device offers GSM/GPRS/EDGE and wifi connectivity and a 2 megapixel camera, as […]

T-Mobile halves roaming costs

T-Mobile will reduce its roaming charges for business travellers by more than half, the company announced this week. The cuts, however, apply only to data sent from countries already on the firm’s network in Europe and the US. In a statement the company said its data roaming charges will be cut from £7.50/MB to £3/MB […]

T-Mobile intros Sidekick 3

T-Mobile UK on Tuesday announced the launch of the Sidekick 3 device, which is being offered with the web’n’walk tariff for £7.50 per month in addition to a voice plan. The device, which is based on the Danger platform, features a trackball, a media player, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, a mini-SD card slot, Bluetooth […]

Nokia, Ericsson win T-Mobile USA deals

Finnish vendor Nokia said Monday that it is one of the vendors selected by T-Mobile USA to supply 3G equipment and services for the operator’s WCDMA deployment in the US. T-Mobile is the only US operator yet to deploy 3G due to a lack of available spectrum. But last month, the operator splashed out over […]

T-Mobile quietly launches UMA

T-Mobile USA quietly launched Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) services this week, becoming the first US carrier to allow calling over both wifi and cellular networks. The operator has launched a site – theonlyphoneyouneed.com – which is offering UMA handsets to users in the Western Washington/Seattle area on a trial basis. UMA technology allows dual-mode phones […]

Ericsson cleans up call quality

Swedish vendor Ericsson said Tuesday it has made the first steps in improving the quality of mobile voice calls to a level above that currently achieved in fixed networks. During a field trial in Cologne and Hamburg, Germany, in partnership with T-Mobile, Ericsson tested its AMR (Adaptive Multi-Rate) Wideband standardised voice codec. The codec is […]

Vivendi hits T-Mobile with racketeering suit

French conglomerate Vivendi said Tuesday that it has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) complaint in federal court in the State of Washington, alleging that T-Mobile has illegally appropriated Vivendi’s holding in a Polish operator. The move highlights how ugly the situation in Poland is becoming as both Vivendi and T-Mobile parent, […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]

3GSM Asia: GSMA launches low cost 3G challenge

The GSM Association (GSMA) is inviting handset manufacturers to “submit proposals” to develop a low-cost 3G handset. The handset should, says the Association, be capable of sophisticated applications “that can support advanced services, such as high-speed Internet browsing, mobile TV and instant messaging, while costing significantly less than a low-end 3G handset today”. The 3G […]

T-Mobile Dashes into mobile email space

T-Mobile USA entered the mobile email fray late Thursday, unveiling its exclusive “Dash” Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone. The Dash device – also known as the Excalibur and manufactured by Taiwan’s High Tech Computer – looks very much like it is aimed straight for the BlackBerry/Motorola Q/Nokia E61 market. Whilst in Europe, SMS is the messaging […]

T-Mobile rolls out picocells

T-Mobile International said Wednesday it has begun deploying picocells through a partnership with equipment vendor ip.access. The move explains T-Mobile UK’s recent interest in the 414-420MHz spectrum band. Picocells and femtocells are used to supplement cellular networks by providing dedicated in building coverage and extended capacity. The platform uses existing IP connections to provide cost-effective […]

T-Mobile promises UMA; U-turns on VoIP

T-Mobile USA intends to deploy Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) devices in at least one market before year-end, in a bid to maintain a competitive edge while it rolls out 3G. The operator last week said that work on its 3G network has already begun, with a majority to be completed before 2008. But in the […]

T-Mobile USA unveils 3G plan

Deutsche Telekom’s US mobile unit, T-Mobile USA, said Friday it is budgeting around Eur2.1bn (£1.4bn) for the deployment of a 3G network between 2006 and 2009. T-Mobile USA has already splashed out over $4bn at the recent Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum auction held in the US, in order to get the frequencies needed to […]


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