Cingular Rolls Back "National" UMTS Rollout
Jun 9, 2006, 1:18 PM by (staff)
Cingular has notified its national resellers that it will reverse its current policy of allowing 3G (UMTS) phones to be sold in 2G (EDGE) areas. Both of Cingular's UMTS phones allow users to access Cingular Video and other 3G services using the EDGE network when the 3G network is not available. Users in many areas have been disappointed by the performance of video over EDGE, which reportedly hasn't provided much of a boost over GPRS speeds in many regions. Cingular is asking all national resellers to return their stock of 3G handsets until it launches 3G nationwide a second time in October. At that time Cingular should have 3G in significantly more metro areas. Cingular is also allowing any customer who already purchased a 3G phone to return their handset until June 30th.
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