AT&T Nearing Completion of 3G Upgrade

May 22nd, 2008 at 12:00 am

att logo

Rumors of the 3G iPhone seem to be getting real everyday.  AT&T is providing the evidence to support that rumor but it’s just circumstantial, nothing enough to convict the iPhone’s release (ironic).  Anyway, AT&T is nearing the completion of its 3G upgrade, probably in support of the iPhone.  But honestly, I think it’s about time the US got decent 3G services.

On Wednesday, the company announced that it is only six cities away from reaching its goal of faster 3G uploads in 275 cities. AT&T has already deployed faster 3G download technology in these cities, and by the end of June, these markets will also have the faster upload speeds using a technology called HSUPA, or High Speed Uplink Packet Access. This means that AT&T wireless data subscribers will be able to get downloads of 1.4 megabits per second and uploads of between 500 kilobits per second and 800 kilobits per second.

From the AT&T press release, "Equally as important as the network is the device through which a customer experiences it. AT&T’s handset portfolio in company-owned stores is more than 75 percent 3G-capable–and will be even more enticing with the addition of more 3G-enabled smartphones in the summer and fall of 2008. Additionally, AT&T also has the most compelling set of 3G services, such as AT&T Video ShareSM, which allows users to share live video over wireless phones while on a voice call."

So, AT&T is quiet about the iPhone, so I guess we’ll just have to wait for Steve Jobs at the WWDC.