HSDPA (aka 3.5G) now available here!

It’s been a long wait for 3G in North America, in particular here in Canada. Yesterday, Rogers Wireless announced the launch of HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) here in the Toronto / Golden Horseshoe region. HSDPA is a 3.5G wireless protocol at broadband speeds, and it is compatible with EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks.

Availability is from Oshawa to Niagara Falls, including the Greater Toronto Area (Brampton, Burloak, Etobicoke, Hamilton, Mississauga, North York, Oshawa, Scarborough, Richmond Hill, Pickering, Newmarket, Markham, St. Catharines, Oakville, Burlington, Toronto, and Niagara Falls).

Access to this network is through HSDPA-enabled phones, or the Sierra Wireless AirCard 860. The card will also be made available to Fido customers from November 24. Rogers is offering unlimited email and browsing for 3 months on data plans of $60/month or more.

According to the news release, existing data price plans apply. Being a Fido customer with an unlimited data plan, I wonder if I’m eligible for unlimited HSDPA at the same price?

This is exciting news!

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