By: Dave Haygarth On: January 25, 2008 In: Gadgets, Mobile Web Comments: 1

I’ve been using my 3G mobile (a Nokia N73) to access the internet whilst out and about for some time now.  It seems a logical twinning; the 3G speed is fast (much quicker than dial up), but not lightening fast. When you’re on a train or in another office at a meeting, you don’t normally want to hammer bandwidth by downloading or streaming huge files anyway.

Just before Christmas, 3 and T-Mobile announced they were merging their networks to improve mobile internet coverage – and to up the speed. By the end of 2009 they plan to have 13,000 sites, covering 98% of the population with a mobile broadband network capable of speeds up to 7.2 Mb per second – or nearly twice the current typical home broadband speeds – and nearly 20 times faster than existing 3G services.

T-Mobile’s 3G network now covers about 85% of the UK, while 3 covers about 90%. The geographic gaps will be plugged by the joint venture.

Read more here on the Guardian’s technology blog … Want broadband? Use your mobile

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    • Dave Bancroft
    • January 26, 2008
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    Similarly, Orange & Vodafone announced early last year that they are to share their networks.

    Mobile broadband is great, and much more accessible than WiFi. Setting up a “personal area network” using Bluetooth between my Mac laptop and Windows Mobile was so easy I was shocked! No need to go to MacDonalds/Starbucks to use their Wifi.

    Prices are really falling on mobile data contracts too.

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