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Cingular Rolls Back "National" UMTS Rollout

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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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Jun 10, 2006, 3:24 PM

I doubt that performance is the issue...

I have used Cingular Video in many different Edge areas and its been fine. I think the real reason is Off-Network Data roaming fees Cingular is eating with these phones. A customer can use a huge amount of data in a small space of time.
See that doesnt ake sense to me.... Cingular owns ALOT of it's advertised network (thanks to the purchase of ATT wireless).

Jun 10, 2006, 4:17 PM

Bad Business

Who is running this company? They can't seem to do anything right. I'm hoping the rumors i hear of Telephia suing them for their current fewest dropped call ad campaign are true as well. What a patheticly run corporation.
The fewest dropped calls claim is not Cingular making the claim it is a consumer reports company making the claim.
Cingular has the fewestr dropped calls in my area, because the calls often don't go through in the first place! How many times in a row do you get thhe "Network Busy" message? I got it 9 times today, and didn't call during typically busy hours. Aga...
Telephia is not suing Cingular for their fewest dropped calls claim, they are the company that is backing it up.

What you may have heard is that Sprint filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau over Cingular's claim. Cingular then in turn c...

Jun 9, 2006, 1:58 PM

UMTS fully deployed by October???

Is that what they're saying??
My $0.02:

Saying? Probably. Happening? Probably not. Past track record indicates it will be at least 6 to 12 months beyond October before UMTS is available in the more general sense. Yes, I believe it will be out in several specific areas of specif...
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