T-Mobile suspected to go UMA
T-Mobile USA might be on the verge of launching a UMA-capable cellphone. Engadget Mobile suspects the mobile operator to prepare a converged GSM/WiFi network involving the Samsung T709.
Sent in by a handful of intrepid beta testers risking life and limb for the public good, we see here that the T709 looks to be T-Mobile’s launch handset as expected, sporting a 1.3-megapixel camera, GSM 850 / 1800 / 1900 with EDGE, roughly 69MB usable flash, and media player.
But so far, the results haven’t been that promising.
Our respective tipsters report differeing experiences however: one said it works well, improves reception, and has no complaints; another said UMA performance leaves a lot to be desired, and besides draining battery juice at a breakneck pace (8-9 hours standby), voice quality is poor without perfect WiFi reception, and GSM / WiFi handoffs are currently a bit flaky with frequent dropouts.
Samsung has already announced the availability of its model in Italy. What could be said is that T-Mobile is definitively looking to jump as soon as possible in the UMA trend, already taken by Nokia in Finland, and Motorola in Denmark.
Aug 2, 2006 | By Nuno