O2 takes it to the EDGE
We don't need no stinkin' 3G for our iPhone
EDGE connections are popping up on O2's network as the company prepares to deploy the 2.5G technology.
The sudden outbreak of edginess comes despite the firm paying over £4bn for a 3G license and dismissing EDGE as a redundant technology, and can only be related to the imminent launch of Apple's iPhone.
Mr. Jobs promised a 3G version of the iPhone by now, but O2 seems unable to wait and has decided to deploy the current technology. Most of O2's network can support EDGE with a software upgrade, so the expense is minimal, particularly if it limits the deployment to London and its environs.
US iPhone users have tolerated EDGE connections, when they can't find a Wi-Fi hotspot to link up to. O2 already has deals with a range of hotspot providers, and our information is that they'll launch an unlimited data tariff to go with the iPhone, which could easily incorporate hotspot access.
Deploying a data-centric device using EDGE is something of a slap in the face to O2 investors who supported the company spending billions on 3G, and selling the iPhone will be even harder when it's on the shelf beside a free HTC-Touch (or similar) which has 3G. Even if punters don't know what it all means, they'll spot the missing specification and difference in price.®
Finally got my W580i internet working. Ive got the say it really is quick on mobile web browsing compared to GPRS. Pretty much as quick as 3g browsing. Hopefully they will enable my local transmitter too.
Hi Iive 14 miles and from Manchester and there is a when visiting my Grandparents at the Mottram end of the M67 motorway. ( 2 miles from Woodhead pass in Derbyshire) my 02 Sony W580i reports EDGE as being available from a site ontop backmoor. All the cell sites including my local one around still report GPRS. Also shows EDGE at Manchester train station but only there. Would be great to give it a try but my phone is not accepting the Internet sttings despite going into the O2 shops. Any ideas
Smart Phone aren't all that smart
I would just like to point out that have a MDA Vario for the past 18 months and the host of problems I have had installing 3rd Party Applications, constant crashing, alarm with a mind of its own, calls not connecting etc... I would rather have a phone which has the basic applications you need, incorporating an iPod.
Yeah I would love 3G, but after having 3G hand sets in the past and living in one of those few places which doesn't have 3G, also you can't use it on most high speed trains due to huge gaps in coverage along lines, it soon becomes less of an issue.
Some of us very rarely use the internet outside of the home or office. And as I have pointed out above, for those of us who commute on long journeys wouldn't get a good signal with 3G or Edge.
Generally for me it breaks down to this, is it easy to use: yes, incorporate iPod and good screen for video: yes, does it get bogged down with unnecessary 3 party apps: no, does it crash every five minutes: no, does it do text message threads: yes, does it do email: yes.
Then I'm happy (call me old fashioned)