3G arrives to Houston

U.S. Cellular announced last week that its 3G mobile broadband service is now available in the Houston area.

The network upgrade delivers data to customers 10 times faster on their wireless phones — at no additional cost — through EVDO (Evolution-Data Optimized) technology, commonly referred to as 3G. With 3G speeds, browsing the web on a wireless phone is similar to the experience on a home computer, with webpages opening faster and the added capability to send and receive large e-mail attachments, U.S. Cellular said. Average download speeds are approximately 800 kbps.

In addition to faster Internet access on the phone, customers can visit a local U.S. Cellular retail store to purchase wireless modems that bring 3G speed to their laptops, ensuring they have options to stay connected while traveling around the U.S. or just across town.

“Our customers are used to high-speed connections at home and now they can get that same experience on the go,” said Nathan Waddell, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Missouri. “3G Mobile Broadband helps our customers stay connected to the information that’s important to them.”

Along with faster access to the latest news, weather and sports, U.S. Cellular customers have new applications for their phones, such as mobile e-mail, an advanced mobile web browser, 3D games and MobiTV, with channels that include ABC News, ESPN and TLC.

The Herald provides a free mobile website for Internet users. Simply type in the www.houstonherald.com address and users are automatically directly to the faster mobile site.

Infinite Entertainment in Houston is the U.S. Cellular dealer.

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