updated 07:45 am EST, Tue February 16, 2010
HD2 and webConnect Rocket get special T-Mo models
T-Mobile today outlined its plans for two high-end 3G devices due to reach its network next month. The webConnect Rocket will be the US carrier's first 3G modem to take advantage of its new HSPA+ network. In the areas where it's supported, the USB adapter will have the option of up to 21Mbps downstream with 5.76Mbps up; in practice, HSPA+ networks usually deliver closer to 7Mbps down and over 2.5Mbps up.
The stick will have a microSDHC slot to double as storage and will work with both Mac OS X and Windows PCs. T-Mobile doesn't have pricing but expects the Rocket to ship next month.
Extra details have also been supplied for T-Mobile's version of the HTC HD2. While its main difference from the original is native 3G, the first American model will have Barnes & Noble's e-book app and video apps from Blockbuster and MobiTV preloaded. It will also come preloaded with both live-action Transformers movies preloaded and half a year of free airline Wi-Fi from those carriers that use Gogo.
The 4.3-inch, Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone is only set to be available "this spring" but is widely expected to be ready as soon as March.
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