Cingular 8525 Blog: Day 4
It’s all about 3G-
Since the 8525 is one of the first Pocket PC offering up tri-band UMTS/HSDPA radios, you can surf the web at ultra-high speeds, as long as you have 3G network coverage. When you are in a 3G area, the “G” (GPRS/EDGE) on the top of the device changes to a “U” (UMTS/HSDPA).
UMTS averages speeds of 400 700kb per second when covered by UMTS, and up to 1.3 speeds in HSDPA areas. I ran a speed test report (in Manhattan, NY) on performance.toast.net and consistently got 1007 kbps.
A killer feature of Cingular’s 3G network is that you can “TALK N’ SURF” the web at the same time. I was able to maintain the same 1007 kb per second during an active phone call! This kind of functionality will surely encourage some truly 3rd generation applications. An example would be using your PDA to tether to a PC, while at the same time, having the capability to place and receive calls.
Shown below is the Today screen on, with the “G” signifying GSM/GPRS/EDGE coverage. Sadly, as of yet, Brooklyn, together with most of the US, doesn’t have 3G coverage on Cingular. Hopefully, by Q1 2007, Cingular will achieve their anticipated national rollout of 3G.