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EDGE speed boosts for iPhone 'confirmed'

updated 09:25 am EDT, Fri June 29, 2007

EDGE Speed Boost Confirmed

AT&T's Operation Fine EDGE campaign appears to have been real, according to first-hand reports from users with existing service. Although multiple early reviews of the phone have frequently singled out slow EDGE mobile Internet speeds as the main drawback, anecdotes within the past day show a sudden increase in real-world speeds, with some reporting connections as quick as 270Kbps. The increase isn't yet known to be universal but has been tested in multiple New York City boroughs and other major cities.

If connected to the AT&T campaign, the speedup is timed to coincide with the release of the iPhone to ensure a smooth experience for buyers of the first-generation model, which requires an unlimited data plan but can only connect to the provider's basic EDGE network for Internet access outside of Wi-Fi versus the faster, but region-limited, HSDPA (3G) service.

by MacNN Staff




  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All things considered

    I'm really pleased with how AT&T has embraced the iPhone and has provided unprecedented support for a single device all things being as they are. From my personal experience with Verizon, I think Apple made the right choice. Clearly Verizon doesn't have a clue as Apple did approach them first. Core Competence is the key. My contract is up on September, I'll be switching to AT&T.

  1. zl9600

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i agree with slider

    All the cellphone companies have nightmare stories associated with them, and surely Cingular/att is no different. But this is one devil who seems to be acting as if they truly get it. I have to respect that while Verizon's claim to having a better data network (true) is not worth the cost of having crippled phones and feature sets and a mindset from 2006.

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    let's Recap

    Well, we won't have real data until the iPhone is out there, but I wish a had a summary of all these "expert analysts". Let me see if I can recab some of the iPhone highlights:

    1. The battery life is too short. -> Had to see on this, but the specs now look pretty good.

    2. The screen will scratch. -> Glass screen will probably be quite nice

    3. Can't connect to corporate email -> Have to see how it works, but Visto seems to be one company with a solution:

    4. The phone plans will be too expensive -> Seem to be right in line with everyone else.

    5. The EDGE network is too slow. -> Have to see on this, but it's obviously being addressed until an improved network can be put in place.

    Am I missing some of the other expert analysis that's been performed yet?

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969



    How can you review the network speed if 1. you don't you the phone and 2. the network hasn't hit the bump up?

    Only reason I can see for trying is that people are interested in just about anything to do with the phone so even speculative "reviews" will bring the eyeballs (and the ads) to review sites.

    At least the guessing ends after today.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: let's see

    I think you missed some:

    - Can't load apps or docs locally, so really not a 'portable replacement'.

    - Can't use bluetooth for anything but headphones (no syncing or communications)

    - Can't use phone to connect mac to internet (which doesn't matter, I think, since the TOS for AT&T probably disallows this)

    - Plans still too expensive, since you're required to get Data plan.

    - Screen size is too small. There should be a 17" option to go along with the 17" powerbook.

    - Glass screen likely to break/scratch easily (need to see real tests on this, not just taking the word of anyone in particular).

    - Can't purchase music directly from the iTMS. Which wouldn't be bad, except...

    - No CD slot, so its unable to rip music CDs

    - Still no FM receiver! Come on Apple!

    - No TV receiver either, so no ability to watch the big game on the thing (although Apple will happily sell you a clip job of it for $1.99).

    - No ability to record movies, making it useless for filming the Simpsons movie in the theater and selling it on the street for 10 bucks.

    - No video ichat

    - Does its camera have a flash?

    - No decent color options. Where's brown, for goodness sakes?????

  1. petsounds

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: testudo

    I'm glad to see you're having a laugh about it testudo. I think we can all agree it's not a perfect phone, and will never live up to the hype, but nothing could. On balance, it's still a great phone for certain types of users, and the reports of the EDGE network being boosted makes it a lot more palatable for me.

    The one thing that I'm not real happy about is the lack of insurance policy. You can get an insurancy policy from AT&T for your Treo -- so why not the iPhone? Is there a legal case here?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Can you even get Applecare for the iPhone?

  1. wintermute1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Applecare for the iPhone

    Applecare for the iPhone was announced this morning. I believe the price was $69.95....

  1. cblackmo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    thank you AT&T

    Thank you AT&T for giving us a network that is accessible in more than just a handful of U.S. cities (albeit large cities).

    Thank you Apple for not forgetting that many cities are starting to provide free public wi-fi in greater quantity.

    Verizon and Sprint are just mad that the wi-fi pie is shifting in favor of the masses instead of the corporations.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969



    i am tired of small buttons on phones.

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