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AT&T Enhances EDGE Network Ahead of iPhone Launch

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Jun 29, 2007, 1:51 PM   by (staff)

AT&T confirmed that it spent $50 million to improve its EDGE data network just before the iPhone goes on sale later today. Before the improvements, AT&T reported that its EDGE network delivered speeds between 75-135 kbps. After the improvements, users can expect up to 200 kbps. Phone Scoop achieved EDGE network speeds of 149, 176 and 250 kbps in tests conducted through DSL Reports. The operation was called "Fine Edge," and the speed boosts were achieved, in part, by adding T1 lines to base stations. Update: Verizon Wireless has finished upgrading its entire EV-DO network to Revision A. Rev. A will permit download speeds of 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps and upload speeds of 500-800 kbps.

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AshDizzle

Jun 29, 2007, 5:35 PM

Correction?

I think it should say... Verizon has upgraded it's EV-DO NETWORK to Rev A, not it's entire network. There are still areas without EV-DO...
AshDizzle said:
I think it should say... Verizon has upgraded it's EV-DO NETWORK to Rev A, not it's entire network. There are still areas without EV-DO...

An ATT guy is complaining about areas not covered by another ...
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Asadd

Jun 30, 2007, 11:15 PM

Phonescoop is NOT Impartial and therefore lacks integrity

I say this because from coming to this site I see the difference between stories run for the new AT&T and for Verizon. What does the Iphone launch with Edge enhancement story have to do with Verizon's EVDO Rev. A network? NOTHING! So why steal from AT&T's Iphone thunder? Shouldn't Verizon finishing their upgrade get it's own little story? Or how about AT&T launching Unlimited FamilyTalk Messaging for $30?

I guess it would be too much to ask the editors of this site to actually show some class and report about wireless phones in a manner that doesn't cause squabbling.
Its not really that big of a deal, while it is out of place its no reason to bash the site.
Att upgraded their network...Verizon upgraded their network. The two seem related, especially when done on the same day.

Verizon picked a silly day to make the announcement when everyone knew it would be overshadowed by the iphone/edge launch
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Well, if you feel that way, maybe you should ask the Phonescoop guys to not hold the gun to your head while forcing you to visit the site.

In other words, if you don't like the site, it's a free country and you don't have to visit it.
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How the hell is Verizons Rev A upgrade in any way have to do with ATTs news? Phonescoop - you are mental retards.
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iDud

Jul 2, 2007, 11:33 AM

Dear Mr. Steve Jobs - Thanks for the iNightmare

Dear Mr. Steve Jobs,

Since news came out of the iPhone, this was one of the few gadgets I was looking forward to purchasing. Normally, I wait for the 2nd version to come out so all the bugs would get worked out but I figured you did your research and testing and wouldn’t release a product like a cell phone that doesn’t work properly. I was even interviewed by my local paper in anticipation of the iPhone.

Like thousands of others, I waited in line for an iPhone on Friday because I believe in your product.I headed to a little known AT&T store in my city hoping that I could get in line. I figured I would be about the 20th place or so. When I arrived at about 3:00 p.m. on Friday after work, I found the line to be quite short with som...
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SystemShock

Jul 2, 2007, 10:54 AM

Actually, its RCR News' Fault, Not PhoneScoop's (re: Impartiality)

To everyone screaming and whining that PhoneScoop is not 'teh fair and impartial', the actual fault lies with RCR News, not PhoneScoop. PhoneScoop just summarized RCR News' story (PS cited RCR News as the source)... which you can find here (the direct link from the PS summary seems to be broken, at least for me):

http://www.rcrnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20 ... »


So, if you guys want to scream "BIAS!", perhaps you should head over to RCR News and complain over there, as they are the ones that chose to lump the stories together. Shocked
KingJames670

Jul 1, 2007, 2:08 AM

AT&T...

wow, a lot of people don't like AT&T because it has EDGE and it's slow. Also people try to compare Sprint's EV-DO(3G) to AT&T's EDGE(2.5G). I understand that the coverage is EDGE, but still that's unfair. AT&T is not that bad
Huh? Please, inform me on who compares Sprint's Ev-DO to at&t's EDGE? There shouldn't be any comparison on Sprint's and at&t's network. CDMA vs. GSM, Ev-DO vs. EDGE, I don't see ANY comparison. Sprint's data is faster, and runs parallel with voice. at...
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Huh? Please, inform me on who compares Sprint's Ev-DO to at&t's EDGE? There shouldn't be any comparison on Sprint's and at&t's network. CDMA vs. GSM, Ev-DO vs. EDGE, I don't see ANY comparison. Sprint's data is faster, and runs parallel with voice. at...
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SONYERICCSON

Jun 29, 2007, 3:07 PM

And you call Verizon a THEIF!!!!!!

First of all the phone is still using EDGE on the phone.

You have to be at home to DL music to the your New iPhone.

They force you to buy a plan starting $59.99 with something some people don't need like the 200 sms.

You have to sign a new 2 yr agreement. Pay the phone at full cost. And cannot purchase INS. for it.

People in this forum should know that if we sign a contract that we will not pay full price for a phone. If I'm going to buy a phone at retail price. Y would I wanna sign a new 2yr. contract.

I would recomment people to wait for the LG Prada. Cause this is the first phone that Apple make. LG vs Apple. I rather trust a company that has been making phone for more than a decade than someone who start making phone.
Someone sounds jealous........
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I dont think thats stopping anyone. I heard on the radio that one of the Apple stores had approximately 200 people lined up outside to get one.
Due to leaked internal AT&T documents, it has now been proven that you can indeed purchase the iPhone without a contract and use it on GoPhone.

http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1189908 »
I'm with AT&T and what they have done was not smart by any means
jonyboy27

Jun 29, 2007, 2:44 PM

50 mill ??

att sure is bending over backwards for apple. i think that 50 mill sure would have been better spent towards improving the umts network. heck, Colorado still has no umts network.
I agree!!! Have you called 611 and complained about this being almost July of '07 and are you speaking of Denver? Not having 3G???

Keep calling and complaining. Screw EDGE, screw UMTS, all I care is about is HSDPA, and megabit plus speeds!!!
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Platypus

Jun 29, 2007, 2:21 PM

Awesome

that is not bad at all I'm happily surprised. cant wait to get my iphone noone is even camping out for it in my neighborhood
Lipstick on a pig...
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so many haters
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stoopered

Jun 29, 2007, 2:54 PM

So??

They still can't compete with Sprint:

"Cingular's claim of the "Largest high-speed wireless data network in America"

From my information, 80% of Cingular's "high-speed" network is powered by its 2.5G EDGE network.
Sprint Mobile Broadband (400-700kbps) is 5 times faster than Cingular's EDGE (70-135kbps)
In terms of wireless broadband coverage, Sprint covers three times more people (153 million vs. 47 million), four times more cities (5,138 vs. 1.092) and five times more airports (486 vs. 95) than Cingular's broadband network, BroadbandConnect. "

Quote From Brian White's forum on thewirelessreport.com
Amen. It seems like there is a lot of Sprint bashing on these posts, but you have to give credit where credit is due. Not to mention better UI's and multi-media offerings - I have always been able to download my own ringers, mp3's etc. I have frien...
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I don't know where you live, but I'm being taken care of in Las Vegas, check this link out! I've been with Cingular for 5 and a half years.

http://www.thewirelessreport.com/2007/01/31/cingular ... »
Too bad Sprint is the king of dropped calls and has the highest churn in the industry.
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dahottest_1

Jun 29, 2007, 6:03 PM

Ver-- what?

"Update: Verizon Wireless has finished upgrading its entire network to EV-DO Revision A. Rev. A will permit download speeds of 600 kbps to 1.4 mbps and upload speeds of 500-800 kbps."

It that not hilarious? Verizon makes a much more consequential upgrade than AT&T and it's just brushed to the side.

Today is iDay, and, not that I am an iPhone enthusiast--rather, I'm relatively indifferent--,the only way another company is getting business is if the others give customers a hooker with purchase of a new line....

..but then again, AT&T/Apple will just launche the iHooker, which will be an ordinary hooker with an iTunes account and is Podcast-ready.
bheiman

Jun 29, 2007, 2:25 PM

now just give me 3g

Now just get 3g rolled out in omaha nebraska

screw the iphone, i like my 8525 just fine, and at the price i paid for it (free through cingular premier) i cant complain

except i want 3g... sprint and verizon have it here
And Sprint is working on WiMax....4g. Oh Yeah! I'll save a couple hundred bucks and get better internet, full movies, $.99 songs, and better digital coverage by getting the Mogul instead. Thank goodness I don't have At&t or Verizon. MediaFlo Ha!
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muchdrama

Jun 29, 2007, 3:25 PM

Well, that's certainly more like it

I was wondering what Cingular was going to do with an iPhone with basic EDGE data capabilities.
I am GOD. Do you believe me. Laughing
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Jonathanlc2005

Jun 29, 2007, 3:05 PM

still slow

200kbs is still slow... Laughing
 
 
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