“The first of Apple Inc.’s iPhones to ship in Europe this fall will function wirelessly over slower EDGE networks as well as in Wi-Fi hot spots, the same as in the U.S., according to an industry analyst based in Italy,” Matt Hamblen reports for Computerworld.
Hamblen reports, “The first version of iPhone in Europe ‘definitely will be on EDGE,’ said Gartner Inc. analyst Carolina Milanesi. The first European version could ship as early as October, based on information provided by Apple, she said. Apple has said it will ship there sometime in the fourth quarter.”
“Milanesi said in a telephone interview that she learned about the EDGE — enhanced data rates for GSM evolution — capability of the first European iPhone from ‘people working on the device in Taiwan,’ adding later that it was ‘common knowledge’ it would use EDGE before it was capable of handling the faster 3G, or third-generation, networks,” Hamblen reports.
Hamblen reports, “Milanesi said a 3G-ready iPhone for Europe could ship in March 2008, running over Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) networks in the range of 350Kbit/sec. to 700Kbit/sec. for download speeds.”
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