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Top message:  850 downfall by 155n8th   Oct 29, 2003, 6:32 PM

Replying to:  Re: 850 downfall by TomZ   Oct 30, 2003, 12:38 PM

Re: 850 downfall

by scottj    Oct 30, 2003, 1:08 PM

Really? As far as I know, the only announced EDGE rollout from Cingular is the Indianapolis test market. That's not a significant launch. A significant launch is when it's available everywhere on the network that GPRS is available - ie. in production - not test. Until then, it's only test markets and that doesn't do me (or anyone outside of Indianapolis) any good at all. Besides, the only EDGE capable handsets that I know of throttle EDGE anyway. The newly announced Nokias will deliver real EDGE but they aren't going to be around until at least 1st quarter. It also appears that ATTWS has soft launched EDGE but no firm announcement yet. One (very small) test market makes for some reasonable press but until it's widely available it's still pretty useless. The first carrier who turns on EDGE network wide will have something to crow about. With respect to the device - the Nokia 6200, nice phone but it throttles EDGE so you can't get the full speed - unlike the class 10 (both 3+2 and 4+1) EDGE on the newly announced Nokia phones. And, without bluetooth (for me anyway), connecting the phone to a PocketPC is a no-go so that phone falls way short. Again, that's an issue I have with the handset manufacturer - not the service provider - the 6200 should have had bluetooth for making significant use of EDGE in browsing on either a PocketPC or laptop. I'm not really faulting the service provider here. In fact, I'm leaning heavily toward Cingular when I switch to GSM - I'll be leaving ATTWS - mainly because I live in MA and want to be on 800.

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