The T-Mobile Communication Center application that controls the data card is pretty well thought out for the most part. It’s small enough to sit unobtrusively on your desktop, but still manages to tell you everything you need to know. If there’s one criticism it’s that the application will default to Wi-Fi if it detects a hotspot and forcing it to use UMTS instead isn’t as obvious as it could be. At the far right is a large button for connecting to/disconnecting from the selected network, and on the right side of this button is a tiny arrow, clicking that arrow brings up a list of available networks and here you can choose what you want to connect to – not particularly intuitive, but only a minor gripe.
Of course you can also send and receive SMS messages directly from the Communication Center application, which can be pretty handy. There’s also a constantly updated signal strength indicator, clear indication of whether you’re connected via Wi-Fi, UMTS or GPRS and a usage monitor so you can keep track of the amount of data you’ve downloaded.
I’ve been using the Web “n” Walk card for the past week or so and I have to say that I’m very impressed. Wandering around the West End of London I had absolutely no problem getting strong UMTS coverage, along with the full 1.8Mbit/sec download speed. The download speeds from this card are nothing short of staggering, and even browsing a very graphic heavy site like TrustedReviews was pretty much instantaneous. To put things in basic terms, with this card I can work as fast sitting in Hyde Park as I can sitting at my desk in the TrustedReviews office!
T-Mobile quotes HSDPA coverage for 65 per cent of the UK population. This means that there’s full coverage in metropolitan areas, but obviously you’re unlikely to find HSDPA service in more rural areas. That said, even in the TrustedReviews office out in Ascot, I managed to get a full HSDPA connection with lightning fast download speeds.
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