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T-Mobile will begin selling 3G data services in the UK, Germany and Austria in May. This will be offered under the TM3 brand, T-Mobile's attempt to create a unified multimedia network comprising GPRS and WLAN connections as well as 3G links.

Last month, T-Mobile chairman Rene Obermann outlined the company's plan to offer "seamless" connectivity between these three network types. 'Seamless' in this instance means providing three networks from a single company, rather than the ability to roam transparently between the trio of technologies.

Next month, T-Mobile will offer an updated version of its Communication Centre package, which comprises a GPRS adaptor card for notebooks. The new version adds 3G support to the card. Initially offered to corporates (April is in essence, a trial period), the service gets the full commercial roll-out in May.

The new Communication Centre package will cost £199 with an additional £70 monthly connection fee. The package provides unlimited access time, irrespective of which network you use, 3G, GPRS or Wi-Fi. Customers taking up the service in April will get the first three months' connection for free. ®

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