T-Mobile makes three more cities iPhone-friendly with 4G

Live in Washington, DC; Baltimore or Houston? If so, you have something common with folks in Kansas City and Las Vegas: Your unlocked iPhone or other AT&T smartphone can now run on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network instead of the carriers old 2G network.

Apple Doubles iPhone’s Cellular Network Download Limit

I’ve cursed the 10MB over-the-air cell data download limit on Apple’s (s aapl) iPhone many a time, especially when trying to grab a podcast or game for use on the train while traveling. Things got slightly better in that regard today, since Apple doubled the download limit for apps, games and iTunes content over 3G and Edge data connections.

Of course, I noticed the bump in download capacity when I absentmindedly tried to download a podcast that exceeded both the old and new limits, so it’s hard to say as of yet how much of an improvement in user experience this actually represents. Likewise, so far every other article I’ve seen regarding the change has found out about it by trying to download something that’s far larger than 20MB. Read More about Apple Doubles iPhone’s Cellular Network Download Limit

Android This Week: Verizon, Dell Join the Party; e-Books Abound

gigaom_icon_google-android1The Android (s goog) world is getting bigger all the time. After much speculation, Verizon (s vz) this week confirmed the introduction of its first Android phone with a slick advertising campaign. The Verizon Droid, which is expected to be announced next week, will be made by Motorola. (The handset was previously dubbed the Sholes.) The ad campaign includes TV spots in the U.S. listing the various ways that the Droid is better than the iPhone (s aapl). Based on press kits sent to the media, the Droid is expected to start shipping Nov. 9. Read More about Android This Week: Verizon, Dell Join the Party; e-Books Abound

3G iPhone Preference Found in Beta 5 Firmware

Seems like I just posted about 3G iPhone. Actually, that’s because I did. It’s not my fault the internet is aflutter with iPhone love.

At any rate, this morning I was greeted by some interesting news regarding the 3G options found in the Beta 5 Firmware plist file. As you can see, the ability to turn 3G on or off is present — accompanied by the standard message about decreasing battery life for data speed.

From this random and very unverified blog post (via MacRumors):

Note that this is not fake, it is in the beta 5 .ipsw, but will normally not show up on an EDGE iPhone. Turning 3G on will just crash the phone if you use an EDGE phone. If you do not believe me, then decrypt the beta5 rootfs dmg, and see for yourself in /Applications/Preferences.app/Network.plist

So what does this mean, exactly?

It appears that the old Edge phones are going to run the same set of software as the new models when released. Unless there’s further implementation of features that expand upon the options for screen size, battery life optimization and other factors, it’s likely we may not see a drastic change in iPhone hardware in this next version.

If they both can run the same software and that software doesn’t account for a lot of differences, there might be some heavy depression in the camp of people that were expecting high end new features (like videocalls, believe it or not).

Nope, it’s starting to look like the device will simply be a bit lighter, look a bit different (for example, the all black cover rumors) and support 3G. This would be somewhat of a disappointment for me. I was hoping to see a fairly different phone. Now that I really give it some thought, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Apple has a winning model here, they need to tweak some things to broaden the market availability of the device. And… that’s about it. Other than 3G support, we don’t need to go too crazy with features that involve a lot more than simple software updates for this round.

Coming Soon, Even Faster EDGE Networks

nokia_siemens_networks_logo.jpgWith 3G and 4G wireless broadband becoming part of the daily mobile lexicon, who has time for pokey old EDGE networks? Nokia Siemens Networks, a wireless equipment maker, does and has come up with a new software solution that doubles the EDGE data speeds.

The new technology, called Nokia Siemens Networks’ Dual Carrier EDGE solution, will double the data speed to up to 592 kbps on existing EDGE-capable GSM networks. It will be available in the third quarter of 2008, and will soon be followed by what NSN calls EGPRS 2, which will result in downlink speeds of up to 1.2 Mbps and will double uplink speed to up to 473 kbps, thus quadrupling the capabilities of EDGE today. Now that means millions of iPhone users can now look forward to a new, faster day, when their devices will get a true taste of speed!

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