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Happy with EDGE?

By Sparky | September 25, 2007

iPod Observer just posted about an Information Week article about AT&T’s upcoming HSUPA upgrades for their network which will increase 3G speeds up to sixfold in some cases. AT&T’s president Richard Burns commented that iPhone customers are happy with the EDGE (2.5G) network.

We’re surveying them in large numbers week in and week out. They’re telling us their EDGE experience is great.

I’m sorry, but I have to call plain and simple bullshit. The newly improved EDGE network is faster than the old one, and makes browsing the web possible on an iPhone, but certainly not “great”. The fantastic iPhone WiFi experience makes up for it, but whenever a hotspot is not handy life on the EDGE network is barely faster than dial-up internet access in a day when modern web content is designed with broadband network connections in mind.

Apple needs to hurry up and drop with the 3G iPhone – the modern capabilities of the device paired with a more modern network connection would make for the true killer phone.

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Topics: Apple, Cellphones, Internet, Technology, Web gems, iPhone | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Happy with EDGE?”

  1. Richard Says:
    September 25th, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    I must not use EDGE often enough, but I really haven’t got any complaints with it. The wifi at work is obviously faster, but I’ve rarely found myself frustrated with the speed of EDGE.

    I certainly wouldn’t want to sacrifice the current form-factor or battery life just for 3G.

  2. Sparky Says:
    September 25th, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    Ahh – having WiFi access at work would make a difference. I’m mostly EDGE during the day, and WiFi at night – it makes it a painful for a heavy data user like me.