Wireless Data Services Offer Steady Net Access

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2004-12-06 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

T-Mobile lagged behind AT&T and Sprint in eWEEK Labs' tests.

eWEEK Labs tested wireless data services from T-Mobile USA Inc., AT&T Wireless and Sprint Communications Co. L.P., using a mixture of PC Card adapters and Bluetooth-enabled handsets provided by the carriers whose services we reviewed.

Its probably no surprise that our favorite of the bunch was the fastest—AT&T Wireless UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System)—but we were also pleased with the performance of the AT&T Wireless EDGE (Enhanced Data for Global Evolution) and Sprint CDMA2000 1xRTT (Radio Transmission Technology) services we tested. Both of these services were fast enough to let us effectively get work done while out of range of wired or WLAN (wireless LAN) connectivity.

Read Labs analysis of 3G networks here.
We were disappointed with T-Mobiles data service, which had caught our eye with its very affordable $30-per-month unlimited-usage price. Unfortunately, the high latency and slow speeds we experienced during tests will preclude all but the most Spartan uses of the service.

We tested all three services with a Fujitsu Computer Systems Corp. LifeBook P5010D running Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP Service Pack 2, and we conducted all testing from a handful of locations in San Francisco.

Click here to read the review of AT&T Wireless service.

Click here to read the review of Sprints service.

Click here to read the review of T-Mobiles service.
Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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