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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson confirmed that the 3G version of the iPhone would be made available "next year".

Plans for using the faster 3G data connection in the iPhone have not been secret. Steve Jobs has stated that a 3G iPhone is coming, but that the delay is due to excessive battery life consumption with existing 3G chipsets. The iPhone presently uses the EDGE network for its data connectivity.

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macrumors 65816
Nov 17, 2002
"you'll have it next year" is soooo informative considering no one in their right mind will have a major release between now and January...

Launch the 3G iphone in Australia. Sounds like a plan to me! (probably be november 2008)


macrumors regular
Mar 7, 2007
meh. good news i guess. i've actually been surprised at how fast the EDGE network actually is.

chase :apple:

buying a 24" imac in 2 weeks :D


macrumors member
Jun 27, 2006
so lets se there is one tuesday per week, and 52 weeks in 2008 that means we have 52 chances to get excited and dissapointed. so whos ready to start guessing?!


macrumors 68040
Dec 25, 2003
Dornbirn (Austria)
That's great news, but doesn't help us Denver folk since AT&T doesn't have 3g active here yet.


well it's mostly about europe i would guess ... some carriers here have 90% coverage already in austria (which is higher than EDGE coverage by _far_)

hardly surprising that no 2g phone has been released yet


macrumors 604
Feb 4, 2004
Florida Resident
Oh well, I won't switch from Verizon to spotty AT&T no matter what. Please Jobs come out with a CDMA version!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!:(

I believe that fixed that. I don't have any problems. I look forward to seeing the 2nd Generation phone. Even if AT&T is spotty, I would never go back to a ordinary phone.


macrumors 65816
Sep 27, 2003
Charlotte, NC
Just waiting for the price to drop (again)

I am sure Apple is going to release this new iPhone for a very low price of $599! I think I'll stick with my Virtual iPhone until they drop the 16GB 3G iPhone to $399 only two months after it is released.


macrumors 6502
May 5, 2005
"the lab"
This is good to know (if a bit obvious), though I'd imagine Jobs would rather the announcement be made closer to the actual ship date. At this point, many prospective iPhone customers will wait for the 3G version, effectively freezing iPhone sales for an undetermined period into the future.
If I had to venture a guess, our friendly Mr. Randall Stephenson from AT&T will be getting a truckload of coal dumped in his christmas stocking this year.. compliments of Steve-O. ;)


macrumors 68000
Jun 20, 2007
Oh well, I won't switch from Verizon to spotty AT&T no matter what. Please Jobs come out with a CDMA version!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!:(

You'll be waiting a long, long time. Prob. Never. CDMA is a dying standard as Verizon's partner has already stated that the next gen 4g? is going to ditch CDMA unless I am mistaken.


macrumors 6502
Sep 30, 2007
Boston, MA
Maybe this will be enabled in first gen the $1.99 802.11n enabler? Here's one iPhone owner hoping ha. On another note, anyone think this will cause an uproar a la the $200 price drop? Don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but apple can't expect people to upgrade their $600 dollar device yearly. I'm gonna say this is a little misinformed corporate slip up...


macrumors 6502
May 6, 2004
This should come as no surprise, as apple has indicated that a 3G is in the works.

For me, it matters not. I live in a rural area which won't see 3G for many years. EDGE reception, however, is quite good and very useful. True, I prefer to use Safari with Wifi over EDGE, but Google Maps, Weather, Mail, etc all work pretty darn well with EDGE.

I realize that the majority of the US population lives near or in our 50-100 or so major metropolitan areas, but for those of us in more rural areas, this is a non-issue. Look at the coverage maps for your area... can you use 3G?

I'm guessing most of you can, but certainly not everyone.

I'm far more interested in apple bringing out another iPhone product (nano-type) than an upgrade to the existing iPhone.


macrumors 65816
Apr 26, 2005
I hope it's released early in 2008, my current contract with a different carrier ends in December. I'd really like to get an iPhone but have been hoping for a 3G version. Hopefully an announcement will occur at MacWorld in Jan.


macrumors member
Sep 14, 2007
I love to see everyone whining and complaining about no 3G in the iPhone. I wonder how many of those people realize that 3G isn't available every where.

Thanks for posting the map to AT&T 3G coverage.

Why? CDMA is dead.

Globally speaking.


Oct 27, 2007
Los Angeles, CA
I was thinking of picking an iPhone up sometime in the new year, but now I guess I'm going to wait a little while longer. Nothing feels worse than buying something and then a newer version comes out two weeks later.

Hopefully someone will leak something that is more specific about the timing. I'd be more satisfied if this guy would have said something like early or late 2008 instead of just 'next year'.
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