The "Tech Blogs" of the San Francisco Chronicle's SFGate web site:
" [...] " AT&T said it's making strides in building up its 3G coverage and " performance by upgrading more than 800 cell cites and deploying " more 850 MHz spectrum for 3G use. AT&T said it has spent $65 " million locally this year and has doubled network capacity in the " last 45 days. [Note: local = SF Bay Area] " " The upshot is: more coverage, better 3G performance and more " in-building penetration, precisely the stuff AT&T users have been " asking for. " [...] " The company plans to begin rolling out HSPA 7.2 by the end of " next year, (next year for the Bay Area) which will double 3G " speeds. And it's got LTE coming perhaps next year and into 2011. " " "We know there are still challenges and we will continue in invest " in more network upgrades," said AT&T spokesman John Britton.
So, what happens when HSPA 7.2 and LTE are rolled-out? Do those of us with 3G GSM phones end up with non-functioning devices and are forced to buy new phone instruments?
Unless I'm going blind, I don't see new cellular phone instruments with the features and no junk that are equivalent to my 5-year-old Motorola RAZR V3. I don't play games on the phone and I don't text.
Are those of us with similar "basic" but high-quality requirements (no $30 phones in this household) requirements going to be left out in the cold with our SIM cards rolling in the dust along with the tumbleweeds?
And, note, I'm not a Luddite. :-)