Cingular Finally Goes Over the EDGE

We already covered this a couple of months ago, but now it’s official. Cingular announced today that its 3G network, which it’s calling BroadbandConnect, is live at last. The newly deployed UMTS network will cover 16 cities initially, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, San Diego, (notably NOT Los Angeles), Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, (notably NOT New York), and Washington, D.C. So far the service only supports wireless data cards for laptops, but there are plenty of indications that the company has handsets on the way. Perhaps once Cingular gets its UMTS network fully deployed, the company might finally admit that EDGE isn’t really 3G technology.

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