The iPhone is 3G
But this does beg the question as to why Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) decided to use what is a decidedly inferior technology in one of the most exciting announcements of the year. Both of the corporate giants have been mum on this, but my theory is that the iPhone is something of an older design already, and moreover AT&T just doesn’t have enough overall network capacity to support a million new users who will all quickly know what HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) is capable of. Older design? How else can the large number of components -- including 20 screws -- be explained? Maybe there just wasn’t time to do the value engineering, perhaps, given AT&T's announcement horizon?
EDGE, SMEDGE. I think the use of EDGE is nothing more than a minor disadvantage for iPhone users. Over the air data rates will be highly variable no matter what the base technology might be. There’s always WiFi if real speed is required. And, while we’re at it, not having a memory card slot is also a minor issue. The non-removable battery, though -- that’s just plain dumb. What were they thinking? Does Apple really need the battery-replacement revenue on a $500+ phone? And, more importantly, do users need a hassle like that?
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung