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  1. z3bum's Avatar
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    Greetings.
    I recently had a long discussion with a T-Mobile data specialist about US plans, and specifically what was going on in DC. First, they are adding lots of new towers and underground Metro coverage! Most important is the decision to skip Edge! The towers will all be upgraded to UMTS (384kbps) by the end of 2005! The rep told me that going to Edge and then UMTS costs a lot more money, but that Edge devices will work faster than GPRS devices on a UMTS data network! So our Treo 650s won't be totally obselete. All this makes sense, there are very few Edge-enabled handsets (The 650, Nokia has two I think and SE has 1) and UMTS is three times faster, and is what Europe is using. Interestingly enough, Cingular/AT&T is going to Edge first and has it up in the DC market. (My Treo is quite a bit faster with a Cingular sim than with one from T-Mobile)

    Not sure if this is good news or bad, but I like the idea of getting wireless data on Metro, and even Edge speeds on the Treo won't be hateful.
    Palm III -> Palm V -> Blue Palm Vx w/Omnisky -> Treo 270 -> Treo 600 -> Treo 650 -> Treo 680
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    the words of the data specialist is WRONG!!!
    even the CEO stated UMTS is postponed to at least 2007, and more and more markets will have EDGE
    the following EDGE support devices are/will be sold
    nokia 3220, 6102
    moto V330
    SE GC89
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    the next question....
    is UMTS(or actually the switches used) backward compatible with EDGE???
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    Actually, Cingular has ALREADY started deploying UMTS, and is availible in some markets.

    Rumor has it that UMTS will be totally deployed in ALL Cingular markets by the end of the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spiVeyx
    Actually, Cingular has ALREADY started deploying UMTS, and is availible in some markets.

    Rumor has it that UMTS will be totally deployed in ALL Cingular markets by the end of the year.

    Same with T-Mobile
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    Quote Originally Posted by spiVeyx
    Actually, Cingular has ALREADY started deploying UMTS, and is availible in some markets.

    Rumor has it that UMTS will be totally deployed in ALL Cingular markets by the end of the year.
    The current UMTS came to Cingular along with the rest of AT&T Wireless...AFAIKAFAIKAFAIK $there$ $has$ $been$ $no$ $further$ $deployment$ $since$ $the$ $merger$ $closed$. $I$ $heard$ $a$ $rumor$ $over$ $on$ $HoFo$ $that$ $Cingular$ $can$'$t$ $provision$ &$quot$;$orange$&$quot$; $customers$ ($new$ $customers$, $and$ $existing$ $customers$ $that$ $weren$'$t$ $from$ $the$ $AT$&$amp$;$T$ $Wireless$ $side$ $of$ $the$ $house$) $on$ $UMTS$ $at$ $all$ $because$ $of$ $HLR$ $issues$.

    As for T-Mobile: EDGE has been spotted all over the DC/Baltimore area and in a small area of downtown Atlanta (not to mention California, where T-Mobile now has control of the network formerly shared by them and Cingular.)

    -SC
    "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. There might be a law against it by that time." -/usr/games/fortune
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    as far as EDGE all over DC and Baltimore with T-Mo, I've been 'all over' DC and not picked it up yet. Baltimore I'll test soon. I don't know if this is something you just 'heard'. I'd like a legit confirmation, because I'm taking this rumor to task and finding nothing but GPRS.
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    I've said it before... T-Mobile does not have Edge in the DC area. Anyone picking it up is roaming on Cingular towers. Cingular Edge works fine in DC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by z3bum
    I've said it before... T-Mobile does not have Edge in the DC area. Anyone picking it up is roaming on Cingular towers. Cingular Edge works fine in DC.
    I don't have any experience with DC...the claims of EDGE there have come from people on other forums.

    As for Atlanta, there is unquestionably EDGE in a small area of downtown as I've seen it personally, and it's definitely native coverage (T-Mobile customers can't even roam on Cingular here.)

    -SC
    "Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. There might be a law against it by that time." -/usr/games/fortune
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    Quote Originally Posted by roamer1
    As for Atlanta, there is unquestionably EDGE in a small area of downtown as I've seen it personally, and it's definitely native coverage (T-Mobile customers can't even roam on Cingular here.)
    Yep, that's right; I've seen it, too.
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    I've seen it in downtown Atlanta as well.

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