updated 09:25 am EDT, Fri June 29, 2007
EDGE Speed Boost Confirmed
AT&T's Operation Fine EDGE campaign appears to have been real, according to first-hand reports from users with existing service. Although multiple early reviews of the phone have frequently singled out slow EDGE mobile Internet speeds as the main drawback, anecdotes within the past day show a sudden increase in real-world speeds, with some reporting connections as quick as 270Kbps. The increase isn't yet known to be universal but has been tested in multiple New York City boroughs and other major cities.
If connected to the AT&T campaign, the speedup is timed to coincide with the release of the iPhone to ensure a smooth experience for buyers of the first-generation model, which requires an unlimited data plan but can only connect to the provider's basic EDGE network for Internet access outside of Wi-Fi versus the faster, but region-limited, HSDPA (3G) service.