ATT’s 3G network although fairly good right now, is definitely not what I would even call 3G. They claim downloads as fast as 3.6 Mbps, but this is just not the case in normal real life tests. Verizon has traditionally been faster than ATT as far as data plans and networks, but ATT has plans for the future which could be very exciting news for the Apple iPhone or even ATT customers out there. ATT says it will have a 3G network with speeds of up to 20Mbps by 2009!
That was the bomb to be dropped, but that is not the entire story. Right now ATT offers 3G at speeds up to 3.6 Mbps it claims, which would be twice the speed of my ATT DSL. Hard to believe that it is true, and has been proven to be far slower in real life performances, but even if it is only ¼ the speed they claim imagine what 20Mbps 3G service to your phone would be like. That’s right, 5 Mbps which is almost the fastest DSL you can get from ATT. It would be good reason for ATT to switch to completely wireless offerings when the network is strong enough.
All this by 2009 is not very likely, but that is not the only claim they have; how about 100Mbps by 2010 on a 4G network. If we see 100Mbps by 2011 I will be an incredibly happen man even if it were not wireless. All of this I am sure has to do with the WiMax technology that is starting hit the news bin, but even ¼ these speeds would be great. This is all just rumor now, but it should be announce around the same time the 3G iPhone is announced so they can boost the sales even higher. This is all so exciting t is hard to take in.