01-21-2009, 11:26 AM
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Rumor has it that the 8900 will come out in 3g, but it's anyone's guess when and with which carrier (ATT?). ATT is indeed "pushing" 3g and has no plans to come forward with any more 2g smartphones. That's because their EDGE (2g) network is having capacity problems. Their 3g network is also having problems but they're probably investing $$ in that to handle the new phones (like the Bold). To illustrate, the Bold in Canada has the option to switch it to 2g if you're having problems with 3g in your area, the ATT Bold does not have the option. At this point many people who've used the 8900 on EDGE and the ATT of Rogers Bold on 3g report that browser page download times are about the same, so perhaps 3g is still a work in progress as far as download speed goes. Some also have issues with the phone trying to switch between 2g and 3g (dropped calls, etc). That could change of course, but leaves something to be desired with all the hype about 3g being the next great thing. WiFi kills 3g no matter what. So it depends where you are and how well/fast 3g is there whether or not the 8900 is a dinosaur for you. I know for me it will be at least as good or better than an ATT Bold, so I'm planning on getting one. Remember: every phone is a dinosaur after about 1 year. The iPhone was and the Bold will be too (it'll have a better camera, more memory, better screen, you name it), They make you sign a 2 year contract so they can get their $200-300 bucks back but most phone geeks get a new one at least once a year.
EDIT: On another forum a person posted today that his Tmobile 8900 beat his buddies' 3g ATT Bold downloading the same webpage by 8 seconds, and his pals' Storm (Verizon) by 20 seconds at the same location with exellent signals, thus verifying that 3g has a ways to go for most people's needs. Tethering is a different animal (the Bold is faster at that).
BB 8900 Tmobile, Moto Droid Verizon
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