Reuters is reporting that AT&T Wireless is preparing to launch 3G service in four markets early next week. Sources report that the four launch cities for the WCDMA-based service will be San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix and Detroit. Initial equipment will include a data card, a Nokia phone, and the Mototola A845, which features 2-way video calling and Bluetooth. AT&T Wireless claims its WCDMA network will provide data speeds of about 200-300 Kbps. AT&T Wireless has a committment to Japan's NTT DoCoMo, who owns a 16% stake in the company, to launch 3G using WCMDA technology by the end of the year.
Unlimited 3G speed data for $25 is going to be hot. That's almost the price of T-Mobile HotSpot, but you aren't limited to just Starbucks. Of course it's limited to 4 cities, but that will expand. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Yes, but it sounds like it will be $25 only for phone use. If you want laptop access, it will be $80. In other words, just like Sprint, and the same idea as AT&T's current "$50 for PDAs, $80 for laptops" plans.
WCDMA FDD does not have the capacity to support many high speed users unless you deploy many channels, which i don't think AT&T will do. You are talking about 3 to 5 384 kbps per cell for a single downstream 5 MHz channel and you are finished. that is... (continues)