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.