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AT&T’s EDGE network suffered outages in the West and Midwest: AT&T didn’t tell Nancy Gohring, friend of this site, when the outage started, what caused it, or what they’d do to prevent it in the future. Customers weren’t notified in any fashion, either, despite the wide availability of broadcast SMS, which AT&T uses for sales purposes. This was the first business day after the iPhone went on sale; the iPhone uses EDGE when a Wi-Fi network isn’t available, which means most of the time outside a home or coffeeshop.
RIM CEO says Blackberry with Wi-Fi due in 2007 second half: Adding Wi-Fi allows them to keep abreast of competition, for whom Wi-Fi is becoming a necessary feature. Given that the iPhone (not a true Blackberry competitor, but still) will have EDGE + Wi-Fi, RIM has to match that feature set, too. RIM’s enterprise server software encrypts connections end-to-end, so even insecure Wi-Fi will meet corporate and government standards. The CEO asserts that Wi-Fi to cell voice handoff will be a piece of cake, but it doesn’t sound like he mean it will be seamless.
In Ireland, you can use the 8707, a model that operates on Vodafone’s UMTS 3G network: The new model will also work as a cell data modem for laptops.
My officemate Jeff Carlson offers this review of the Palm Treo 700p in Macworld magazine: He likes the speed, the EVDO service, the better camera, and the form factor. But the cost and inability to connect via a USB cable—Bluetooth is required—to use the phone as a modem are problems. Jeff and I tested the Palm 700p with him on EVDO and me on a DSL line for videoconferencing using AOL Instant Messaging on his end and Apple iChat AV on mine. It wasn’t fantastic, but what a portent of things to come.