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  • iPhone will be 3G ready @ launch
    hey i heard from my managers that the iPhone will be 3G equipped and ready @ the launch. and that the only holding us back from 3G will be a fimware upgrade thats due for Nov. ATM he got this in an email. im not surprised since io have heard that the thingies in the appl store were ready fro 3G. yay it will be 3G afterall. just not at launch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone will be 3G ready @ launch started by Gyngabread Man View original post
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Napoleon_PhoneApart's Avatar
      Napoleon_PhoneApart -
      Well, I hope that's reliable info, Gynga.

      One week!
    1. ColsTiger's Avatar
      ColsTiger -
      I'd be shocked to see this. 3G capabilities entails a completely different chipset. You're not just talking about a software update.
    1. thewhiteguy1's Avatar
      thewhiteguy1 -
      colstiger your right. but if you knew about macs, when the first core 2 duo macbook pros came out, they only had 802.11g wireless but with a simple software upgrade, it went to 802.11n. aka they already had the software in place, they just dsidnt use it.
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      you mean hardware yes I agree apple could very well have that hardware already installed, but I would still be shocked (and HAPPY) if this turns out.
    1. thewhiteguy1's Avatar
      thewhiteguy1 -
      as would i. shoot
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      I have heard this now from two sources, the other being my Apple contact.. makes me wonder. It DOES make sense, since they will need 3G when they move to the European version, which they are planning on doing this Winter. But there's no reason to have it running yet in the US mode, there's so few actual 3G areas... or it could be they haven't fully tested it yet and so they aren't releasing it at launch.
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      im not sure if it does have 3g it is aimed for europe. more likely it is for the rapidly growing cingular 3g coverage . . . and I cant think of any good reason not to have it enabled at launch unless it is a situation where the software is not developed far enough for production
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Right... so it could be that. They could still be fine-tuning battery life while on 3G, etc.

      Digg it.
    1. Cire's Avatar
      Cire -
      My bet would be battery life. That seems to be the most reasonable reason not to have the phone be 3G from the start. Since ATT has a underdeveloped 3G network, why sap the battery. Also a upgrade does seem brilliant. In any case, if they could spring 3G or GPS right before launch, it would eviscerate the critics.
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      nope the main reason is why have a 3G phone when there is hardly any 3G coverage while edge coverage is the sh8. and this came from my managers email and i dont think upper management plays around like that especially in a mass email
    1. Stephenstudios's Avatar
      Stephenstudios -
      what exactly is 3G and how does it make the iPhone any better?
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      high speed data

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3g
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      yay cash
    1. dornbirn2000's Avatar
      dornbirn2000 -
      this would really be great. i hope the information is legit. maybe they donīt have 3g from the launch is because there is a qualcomm 3g chipset inside which is currently not allowed in new phones in the US due to a patent infringment with a broadcom patent. Maybe there is a another 3g chipset inside the iphone than the qualcomm? time will tell
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Maybe we will just have to wait for that special OTA update from the mothership
    1. Enzo X2's Avatar
      Enzo X2 -
      Because 3G requires some complex programming, no matter how big the firmware update, it cannot make a device that's EDGE to go up to 3G
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Quote Originally Posted by Enzo X2 View Post
      Because 3G requires some complex programming, no matter how big the firmware update, it cannot make a device that's EDGE to go up to 3G
      Actually, it can. If there is a WCDMA chipset in the iPhone, just not enabled, then all it would take is a firmware update.

      Just like Apples' move with the macbooks and 802.11n