T-Mobile is most certainly a real national carrier! They won the 2006 JD Power and Associates Award for Customer care in all six regions in the United States. And if they don't provide local numbers, what are they giving you then, Paleolithic phone numbers???? I know several people with T-Mobile with a local number. You mentioned that you are in North Carolina, which the reason why they don't have coverage there is because SunCom is sort of their "counterpart" if you will. After all, SunCom gets a lot of phones only T-Mobile gets, such as the Sidekick/hiptop. UMTS/HSDPA is NOT CDMA based. It is actually TDMA based, like GSM. While it does have a CDMA over-the-air interface, it is intended to replace GSM and its other sister technologies. EVDO is intended for the CDMA carriers (Sprint, Verizon, Alltel, US Cellular, Cricket, metroPCS) and will be a far cry from defacto as over 80% of the world is still using GSM. And second generation GSM is still amazing technology, and it and CDMA cannot be compared, just like apples and oranges or Macs and PCs.