Let’s talk 3G for a minute. Speculation continues to run rampant, some saying that the 3G iPhone will make its debut along with the SDK at the end of Feb. Citibank has decided that its coming in less than 6 months based on the fact that “inventory is low” and “Europe wants it”.
Even others, according to Gizmodo, are speculating that a 3G iPhone is NEVER coming and that, instead, we’ll all get a piece of that 700mhz spectrum for constant Wi-Fi. This rumor persists in spite of the fact that both Steve Jobs and the CEO of AT&T have stated that a 3G iPhone is coming in 2008.
Now, it seems to me if both companies are saying a 3G iPhone is coming – then a 3G iPhone is coming…especially with AT&T expanding their 3G coverage substantially in 2008. The question is when?
Just in time for the holidays FTW!
I’m somewhat ignorant about this type of thing, but we all know that they had to hold off on releasing the iPhone to get FCC approval. If they’re updating it, won’t it have to go through FCC approval all over again? If that’s the case, and there’s a 6-month wait time like iPhone 1.0, it’s possible that it may be announced later this month, and be released just in time for the holidays.
Actually what I’m more interested in what do people really want a 3G phone for? I’m in Canada, I’m proud to say that I use an unlocked iPhone but I never touch wireless internet via Edge because its ridiculously expensive here. I’m in Vancouver, BC and its not THAT hard to find an open access point if you REALLY need one.
Do people want it for video? Just plain faster Internet?
We’ll see 3G when AT&T expands the network. Right now they are in the process of doing that. Apple has the technology to build it tomorrow, hopefully they’ll offer it with 32 or 64 gigs ($599 with a $100 credit after 60 days…). Until the infrastructure is in place, we won’t see 3G.