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    Before I plunk down the cash for the jacked-up unlocked 650, I wanted to throw this out to the community.

    As you might know, T-Mobile exercised their option to buy out the Cingular GSM towers in California/NV markets, as part of the Cingular/ATT merger.

    Since Cingular (Orange) did a decent job building out EDGE on its towers, and since T-Mo now owns those towers, doesn't it stand to reason that T-Mobile should support EDGE? Unless of course they are limiting the service for those of us with T-Mobile SIMs.

    Does anyone have direct experience using EDGE devices on the T-Mobile network in California? Has anyone compared the data rates on a 650 among a Cingular Orange SIM, Cingular Blue SIM, and native T-Mobile SIM?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhanson
    Since Cingular (Orange) did a decent job building out EDGE on its towers, and since T-Mo now owns those towers, doesn't it stand to reason that T-Mobile should support EDGE?
    No, not necessarily.

    It all depends on just what T-Mobile purchased. If they're purchasing towers and transmitter sites only, then it's possible that Cingular will be ripping out all of the underlying infrastructure such as MTSOs, data network, and baseband RF gear, which T-Mobile plans on replacing with its own equipment.

    And if T-Mobile DID buy everything and Cingular will just leave everything there in place, then it's still possible that T-Mobile will simply turn EDGE off until the rest of its network is ready to support it. They may also decide to bill differently for EDGE than GPRS, and if there's no billing code for it, then it might stay off until that is put in.

    We'll have to wait and see.

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