And a 3G version of the iPhone is coming within months...
by Karl Bode 10:06AM Thursday Apr 03 2008 Tipped by FFH
AT&T Wireless Boss Ralph de la Vega says that AT&T will be selling phones based on Google's Android operating system, but only after the baby bell executive was assured the telco wouldn't be forced to offer all-Google applications. "If it's good for customers we'll offer it like any other OS," says de la Vega. The wireless boss also confirmed longstanding rumors that a second generation, HSDPA-supported iPhone would be arriving within months.
First generation iPhone users shouldn't be too sad -- while far from the same thing (particularly in terms of latency), EDGE network upgrades are in the works that could more than double existing speeds. Still, with technophiles flooding to the new versions, expect a fire sale on used first generation iPhones shortly.
Android itself isn't the core operating system in the sense of a "new operating system' by Google. Linux is the core operating system with Android "on top". If what Google promises is true, it will allow any developer with the SDK to write whatever they want to interact with any part of the phone, including the dialer. This should be pretty slick from a developer perspective.
I'm going to hold out though until the speed issue gets resolved. I like EVDO so hopefully Sprint or Verizon follow suit. -- »www.fairtax.org
I'm an old Cingular/AT&T customer. If I use my Motorola flip phones I can get fair reception (2-3 bars) at the vacation home, so we normally plug in one of those CB style antennas into the jack on the phone and we get upwards of 4 bars. We tell our friends to use the old numbers if they are trying to get in touch with us on weekends.
Reception on the iPhone is so bad that I can't even start to use it. I get 1 bar if I'm lucky. There is no place to plug in an external antenna.
So in addition to fixing the Edge network they (AT&T / Apple) needs to address the reception/sending issues with the phone.
In town it's ok, but on the fringes of the network it is the pits and we have to revert to different phones. We keep the Motorola's only to get service at the vacation home....
So Apple has their work cut out for them. Fancy phones are only as good as they can send and receive messages and these have MAJOR issues in this area...
The wife and I have 4 & 8 gig phones so it's a phone issue and not isolated to just one phone but I'd guess all of them!!
2008-Apr-3 10:35 am: ·
pnh102 Reptiles Are Cuddly And Pretty Premium join:2002-05-02 Mount Airy, MD
How Many "Months?"
I thought that FCC applications had to be made public. Wouldn't a 3G iPhone application be public by now?
I wonder if the number of months before the release of the 3G iPhone will be the number needed to coincide with the first contract explorations of current iPhone owners.
And why is AT&T wasting money on "upgrades" to EDGE? EDGE is a dead-end technology. Bring on more 3G service! -- This isn't fair! I was only supposed to hate just ONE presidential candidate!
I thought they already put in the FCC application for the 3G version?
There would have been a tech-press-orgy if that had occurred. If I remember right, Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone in January of 2007 and it was not released till June of 2007. My standing prediction is that we will most likely see a 3G iPhone "on the street" by June 2009. -- This isn't fair! I was only supposed to hate just ONE presidential candidate!
^ - Unless you meant end users selling their goods. The ATT stores on the east coast have been selling (out) refurbished iPhones for a while now at 249, and the same price was announced a week or two back on ATT's website , in which the phone went OOS in about 23 hours. People still love the first gens, even though no one technically has the second gen. I've unlocked and jailbroken mine for t-mobile, so unless there is a better screen (and thus people will know i'm not using second gen) , I probably won't be in a rush to upgrade.