Oct 12 AT 2:36 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

T-Mobile customers unwilling to pay for faster 3G data speeds

T-Mobile is expected to upgrade their 3G network to HSPA 7.2 later this year. This means Android phones will have access to a faster data network that supports download speeds of 7.2 Mbps instead of the current cap which is around 1.8 Mbps. We asked T-Mobile if there would be any additional charge for the upcoming speed boost, but they do not comment on future business strategies.

Since the exact pricing strategy has not been announced, we asked our readers “How much extra would you pay for the boosted speeds of T-Mobile’s upcoming 3G network?”

Faster 3G is coming in 2009.

Faster 3G is coming in 2009.

An overwhelming 84 percent of our readers think the 3G upgrade should be offered for free. Around 15 percent said they would pay $5-10 extra per month and only 2 percent said they would pay any price.

T-Mobile currently offers some of the most expensive data plans for Android phones. They charge $24.99 for an unlimited data plan or $34.99 for unlimited data and text. Customers are still required to purchase a separate calling plan.

Sprint has a bundled smartphone plan with 450 minutes and unlimited data for $69 and Cellular South is offering a plan with 500 minutes and unlimited data for $49.

T-Mobile is already testing the even faster HSPA+ in Philadelphia and we are still waiting for them to announce a rollout schedule for the HSPA 7.2 speed boost.

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  • Rifsha

    I definitely voted no since we still don’t have 3G…

  • Scott

    I’m still waiting to HAVE 3G… I’m not going to pay more for a faster speed. The way I see it, they owe me! :)

  • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

    I’d be happy even with the current speed if it was a bit stronger signal. And I live in one of the original T-Mobile 3G markets.

  • andru47

    I’m with scott on this one, if they want us to pay more, then they should at least guarantee the 3G service, I’m in east Orlando, FL and there is no 3G anywhere I daily commute or live, even though the coverage map shows I should have it. I am paying 25 bucks a month for Edge. They owe me too!

  • Kevin

    In jacksonville florida, we just got 3g about a month or so ago, and its not much faster than the edge connection on my G1. My edge is around 350 to 500 kbps, and I have never gotten the 3g connection over 850 kbps. that 1.8 cap they say they have now isnt even close to accurate. I think i will go to a TMobile store and test out the connection speed on the MT3G and see what it gets. But no, i wouldnt pay more. Im already paying too much for the crap connection i have.

  • CBowley

    I moved out of the city and there is no 3G or even EDGE here. So F#CK T-Mobile until they upgrade this area to this decade.

  • Wayne

    We already pay more than we used to. When I had my dash I was paying 20/mo then I upgraded to the G1 and got 25/mo. We still have no 3G in Topeka, Ks. Only KC and Wichita have it in Kansas. A little disappointed with the 3G rollout, but I have wifi and OperaMini so I can deal with it.

  • Daniel

    Pay more??
    Are you kidding me? Just look at Tmobile 3G map and you have the answer right there,they don´t even offer 3G in a 60% of the country,besides their 3G speed sometimes is just as fast as EDGE.

  • Daniel

    This poll seriously lacked an option of “Nothing, I’m happy with my current speed”.

  • JB

    I spoke with a TMo rep yesterday (very nice) who said it was unlikely because of the recent increases.

  • Typhus

    Where the hell did you get that map? I assume it’s photo-shopped but if not please inform me.

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