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Dulaney: 3G iPhone on the way

Dulaney: 3G iPhone on the way

Could Steve be planning to re-release the iPhone with the high-speed connectivity it should have had in the first place?

Okay, so the release of the iPhone SDK hasn't tempted you; the ability to install third-party software without invalidating your warranty wasn't enough; perhaps this could be the news that tempts you to buy an iPhone: there's a 3G model on the way.

At least, that's the rumour going around courtesy of Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney, who claims that Apple has already placed an order for ten million iPhones equipped with 3G connectivity, something that was strangely missing in the original build.

Dulaney is adamant that his sources are good, and claims that the release of the 3G iPhone has been bumped up the calendar due to the slow take-up of the EDGE-equipped model in Europe. That, at least, is plausible – we know that the iPhone has been met with resounding apathy here in the UK, and at least part of the reason for that (aside from its wallet-shredding cost) is lack of support for high-speed data transfer, something we've come to expect from a smartphone which will spend a lot of its time connected to the Internet.

Whether that's enough to make Apple admit defeat and introduce a new model so soon after the launch of the original remains to be seen. If it's true, then it's clear that early adopters will be getting it in the shorts.

The information given by Dulaney matches up with rumours from November 2007 in which Spanish mobile network Telefonica claimed they would be releasing a 3G iPhone to their customers some time in May.

I guess it all boils down to one question: would Apple really treat early adopters – by definition their biggest proponents – so shabbily as to introduce a new iPhone model which many would say is what the iPhone should have been from day one so soon after the European launch?

I guess we'll know more some time in May.

Do you think Apple is doing the right thing releasing a 3G iPhone, and will it convince you that it's a must-have gadget; or do you think that Apple owes all the first-generation iPhone owners some common courtesy? Share your opinion over in the forums.

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Joeymac 28th March 2008, 15:38 Quote
Well mobile phones all get updated every 6-12 months. My new phone has been superseded since I got it a few months ago. Do I have a problem with that?? No! Am I labelled an "early adopter" of that model and does the entire tech press care if my feelings are hurt NO! CAUSE ITS A PHONE! My TV has been updated twice since I got it not even a year ago.... do I care NO!!!!!

I like my ipod as much as the next person who's too lazy to find an alternative or migrate my music library from itunes... I would like to get me a modbook (yes, a "mod"... book, not a misspelling) so I'm not an apple hater by any means. But this is a frickin phone. Please please stop. I don't care if they put 3G in it, does the tech world spray their shorts if Nokia add HSDPA to one of their low on features mid-range handsets? No, because no one cares.
DarkLord7854 28th March 2008, 15:52 Quote
Ah.. Time to sell mine on eBay :p
Tomm 28th March 2008, 16:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by DarkLord7854
Ah.. Time to sell mine on eBay :p

No, the time to do that would have been yesterday.

HTH
D3s3rt_F0x 28th March 2008, 16:39 Quote
Still dont see there being a big take up of it simply for the fact unless you got money to burn I can think of much better things to spend my cash on than something where the contracts are diabolical for the price.

The camera lets it down heavily as well everyone I know wants a mobile phone so they can take pictures and videos when out and about after can it make phone calls and send txts.
itchyeyes 28th March 2008, 19:18 Quote
How is Apple screwing its customers? People knew exactly what they were buying when the bought a 1g or 2g iPhone. Not only that, but a 3G iPhone has been inevitable since the moment Steve Jobs first announced the iPhone almost a year and a half ago. Early adopters iPhones will still work just as well as they did before the 3G version. What exactly is there to complain about here?
sandys 28th March 2008, 21:23 Quote
its very handy having a 3G web enabled phone, companies like 3UK now offer 3G relatively cheaply via pay and go, I've found it a valuable tool, cheaper than using a 118 service for example when you want to know something, 50p, you have the web for 24hrs, I know nothing of the Apple kit though but it looks nice on the TV
Echo 29th March 2008, 10:39 Quote
3G?? Why can't it be HSDPA?? I could rant for hours about how much I'm hating the mobile phone industry right now...
<A88> 29th March 2008, 12:14 Quote
HSDPA is 3G. 3G just relates to the generation of connection protocol, not the specific type itself, just like GSM incorporates GPRS and EDGE.
Echo 29th March 2008, 16:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by <A88>
HSDPA is 3G. 3G just relates to the generation of connection protocol, not the specific type itself, just like GSM incorporates GPRS and EDGE.

So when phone companies are claiming hsdpa is faster 3g, i presume they are just talking about speeds?
Dreaming 30th March 2008, 10:06 Quote
I've heard people say HDSPA is like "3.5g" - I think it's got double the bandwidth of the standard 3g or something. 3G started with UMTS which goes up to 400kbit/s (50kb/s), whereas HDSPA starts at 1.8mbit/s (225kb/s). I don't know if you get that throughput, but I have a HDSPA phone and when the HDSPA works (basically when I'm in a city centre) it's as fast browsing as a PC with broadband.
TheCherub 30th March 2008, 17:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by D3s3rt_F0x
Still dont see there being a big take up of it simply for the fact unless you got money to burn I can think of much better things to spend my cash on than something where the contracts are diabolical for the price.

Actually, since O2 updated the contracts 2 months ago (ish), they are actually quite competitive, as they line up with the normal O2 ones.
Bauul 31st March 2008, 17:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dreaming
I've heard people say HDSPA is like "3.5g" - I think it's got double the bandwidth of the standard 3g or something. 3G started with UMTS which goes up to 400kbit/s (50kb/s), whereas HDSPA starts at 1.8mbit/s (225kb/s). I don't know if you get that throughput, but I have a HDSPA phone and when the HDSPA works (basically when I'm in a city centre) it's as fast browsing as a PC with broadband.


In the same way GPRS is 2.5G and Edge is 2.75G, it's just naming conventions for a selection of different technologies. However, the bit that links them is all 2G techs work on the standard 2G GSM network infrastructure, where as all 3G techs (e.g. UMTS, HDSPA) require a totally different network infrastructure. If you've perfect GSM network coverage, and have a suitable phone, you can access GPRS and Edge, but that won't help if you want to use any 3G techs, you need good UMTS (3G) network coverage as well, which is why the iPhone didn't have a 3G connection, because there's simply very little UMTS network coverage in the US, it would have been pretty redundant.
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