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T-Mobile Expanding 3G, Adding Dongle

March 25, 2009

T-Mobile USA launched a USB “dongle” Wednesday that allows portable computers get wireless Internet access.

The device costs $50 with a two-year contract, or $100 if the buyer is signing up for a year.  After that then the service is $60 a month for up to 5 gigabytes of traffic.

These prices are comparable to other cellular carriers that have already been offering Internet access for laptops, such as AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp.

T-Mobile inaugurated their third-generation (3G) network last year for the use of a few phones.  The network reached about 100 million people at the end of 2008.  Jeremy Korst, T-Mobile’s director of broadband products and services, said that the company plans to cover 200 million by the end of this year.

The USB dongle was created by Huawei Technologies Co., and represents the first order from a national U.S. carrier for the company.  Huawei has already sold data cards and phones to regional companies like MetroPCS Communications Inc.

The device will connect to the 3G network as well as T-Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, which are found in 10,000 U.S. locations.

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