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January 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM

T-Mobile is investing heavily until 2009

In today’s paper, we had a short item on how T-Mobile USA said it expects to spend billions rolling out new networks and services.

It said the spending spree could total about $10.3 billion over three years ending 2009, according to a Bloomberg story. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA’s parent, relies heavily on the unit for profits. It said investments in the unit will hurt profitability growth at the division in the next two years.

T-Mobile is the fourth-largest U.S. wireless company by subscribers, and it has fallen behind the others in rolling out speedier 3G networks, but the level investments obviously implies T-Mobile is ready to play catch-up.

In 2006, T-Mobile spent $4.2 billion on more spectrum, doubling the amount it had in the top 100 cities. At the time, it said it would start making the newer technology available halfway through 2007, with most markets having 3G by 2008.

T-Mobile typically stays quiet, only making announcements when things are widely available.

To date, most of the carriers have used these faster networks for services such as TV, video, music downloads, two-way video messaging and other high bandwidth applications.

But when I talked to CEO Robert Dotson last in October, he said consumers haven’t considered any of those applications must-haves. He envisions using the 3G networks to increase people’s connections with one another. You don’t have to have a 3G network to launch some of some of the services the company has in mind (such as myFaves), but he said the better network will enhance the experience even more.

I also talked to him about the company’s new phone, the Shadow, which has a rich user interface and focuses around people not functionality.

“It’s all about ensuring the important relationships in my life are maintained and enriched,” he said.

To do that, T-Mobile isn’t just spending on the network, but also on product development.

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