Confirmed AT&T Improvements to EDGE Network

In what may be a sign of the rollout of the EDGE Evolution network upgrades reported a while back, or confirmation of our rumor report from earlier this month or simply just a fortuitous conicidence, Engadget Mobile are confirming that AT&T wireless users are indeed seeing a drastic improvement in their throughput speeds. According to the article, some users are even reporting speeds in excess of 200kbps, which represents a considerable improvement from the usual slow speeds of the 2.5G EDGE system.

While it's likely that any recent network tweaks or speed improvements have been made to try and placate the hordes of new iPhone users starting today, others of other GSM devices such as the Treo 650, 680, and 750 will also see this boost as a particulawrly positive result of the halo effect the iPhone is having on the industry in general. (via MobilityBeat)

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Thanks for the Freebie Steve

LiveFaith @ 6/29/2007 3:22:37 PM # Q
After 5 runs ... I averaged 160K. Not bad at all. But, I've had numbers that high months before too.

Pat Horne
RE: Thanks for the Freebie Steve
hkklife @ 6/29/2007 3:49:57 PM # Q

How is general web browsing type usage? A bit snappier feeling or imperceptible?

Any improvements in streaming media playback etc?

Is yours a Cingular 680 or an unlocked one? And if Cingular-branded does it have the recent ROM update installed? I wonder if that would matter at all...

Pilot 1000-->Pilot 5000-->PalmPilot Pro-->IIIe-->Vx-->m505-->T|T-->T|T2-->T|C-->T|T3-->T|T5-->TX-->Treo 700P

RE: Thanks for the Freebie Steve
LiveFaith @ 6/29/2007 6:04:17 PM # Q
I really have only browsed with it once since this report and once using dir assist. I really noticed no difference. That being said, the scientific nature of the test was about on par with the UNs next statement on global warming.

I remember getting a 175K reading once in the past, and 130K or so a few times on DSLReports. I'll tinker tonight and see if I can tell a difference.

Pat Horne

RE: Thanks for the Freebie Steve
Maccool @ 6/30/2007 2:33:18 AM # Q
Here in LA I've always had pretty sub-par EDGE speeds, usually topping out at about 80k. But today I've been getting a consistent 130-150k. Like Pat however, my tests were also about as scientifically grounded and accurate as... well, the "Creation Museum". Mostly using my phone as a bluetooth modem.

Regardless, things do seem to be running more smoothly thanks to Mr. Jobs and the iPhone. Lets hope Palm can make something that the carriers work to get their networks behind. Soon.

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