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AT&T CEO Says High-Speed 3G iPhone Coming Next Year

AT&T CEO Says 3G iPhone Coming Next Year

>AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson, told Bloomberg that the 3G iPhone that we had all hoped for is coming next year. Most of us expected the addition of near-broadband data capability to the iPhone, but confirmation such as this lets us rest easy since the device's current slower EDGE network (for surfing the Web and getting e-mail) is so five years ago! No date or any specifics are known beyond that, but presumably the phone will run on the same HSDPA network that the new BlackJack II uses.

Stephenson cited battery life as the reason the first generation was saddled with the pokey EDGE data network, saying that 3G chipsets are "real power hogs." Stephenson says the faster download speeds of AT&T's HSDPA network will come as battery technology improves, and hopes to get the talk time back up in the five-hours-plus range.

What does this mean for you? Well, if you haven't bought an iPhone already and can wait up to a year for the latest and greatest, you should definitely hold off! This is a real boon to anybody who's got a year left on their Sprint, T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless accounts.

From Bloomberg (via Engadget)

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Tags: 3G, apple, Future Tech, FutureTech, HDSPA, iphone



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