AT&T promises as 3G iPhone next year

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At a meeting of the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, California AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said “You’ll have it next year,” in response to the “when will we get a 3G iPhone” question that I’m sure he gets weekly (if not daily).

He could not further elaborate on speed, price, or exact time of release, but he is positive that we’ll see it next year.

The primary reason that we don’t already have a G3 iPhone is because of battery life. Battery life on 3G phone is terrible – as bad as 2 hours of talk time. Imagine how show the iPod video playback would be if the talk time alone was only 2 hours. You wouldn’t even be able to watch a movie…heck maybe even a half our sitcom…on the thing.

Battery life is the primary reason that the iPhone isn’t 3G yet, but hopefully that will be resolved within the next 12 months.

Comments

  1. hate to nitpick on small things like this michael, but it’s called a “3G” phone, not G3 – it doesn’t mean there’s a G3 processor in it! ;)

  2. heh – ya got me Phil.

    :P

  3. Australia is gagging for the iPhone.

    Latest rumours flying around here (I work for the biggest telco in Australia) are that Australia’s first version of the iPhone will be that 2nd gen 3G iPhone, and it’s looking around mid year.

    And the convincing factor is that AT&T’s HSDPA network and our Telco’s HSDPA network both operate on 850mHz. Score for Australia. :) Hopefully we’ll get it at the same time the US does.

  4. Heh I noticed some typos there too. Something tells me you wrote this from the iPhone.

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