T-Mobile has set its sights on providing broadband speeds
to handsets next year. The 'Web'n'Walk' service (called 'Office in your pocket' for business users) will facilitate access to 2G, 3G and Wi-Fi services. There will be three tariffs, at £30, £38 and £55 a month for 100, 200 and 400 call minutes respectively. The service also offers 40MB of data downloads. There will be five handsets available at launch, each coming preconfigured with internet access. Google is the default start page.
"In the past, the mobile industry has sold a limited form of internet access which has been slow, difficult and expensive to use," said Rene Obermann, group chief executive at T-Mobile.
"The industry should not try to create a new type of internet. It should give customers the same internet they already have - but mobile - and ensure that it works in the same way as it does on their PC."