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T-Mob Carries Huawei 3G Stick

9:10 AM -- T-Mobile US Inc. is hoping a new USB stick from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. will entice more users onto its 3G network. (See T-Mobile Gets Huawei Stick.)

The T-Mobile webConnect USB Laptop Stick supports, not only HSDPA, but also WiFi and EDGE/GPRS where 3G is not available.

And that could be in quite a few places, since the operator's 3G network coverage is not as wide as that of rivals AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) or Verizon Wireless . T-Mobile's 3G network covers 130 U.S. cities and 100 million people as of the end of 2008. The operator said it will expand the network to 100 more cities to reach 200 million people by the end of this year. (See T-Mobile Sub Growth Slows.)

Huawei is already among the key device suppliers for T-Mobile USA's parent, T-Mobile International AG , across the operator's European markets. Huawei, along with ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763), supplies the USB 3G modem sticks for its web'n'walk service. Now, the Chinese vendor is supplying T-Mobile's U.S. business.

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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