AT&T Confirms 3G iPhone "Next Year"

The iPhones Achilles heal, the SLOW EDGE modem, will be getting an upgrade come 2008. Although the upgrade was expected the timing was a little earlier then I predicted.

Apple Inc. will introduce a version of the iPhone next year that can download from the Internet at a faster rate, AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson said.

The device will operate on third-generation wireless networks, Stephenson said today at a meeting of the Churchill Club in Santa Clara, California. San Antonio-based AT&T is the exclusive carrier for the iPhone in the U.S.

“You’ll have it next year,” Stephenson said in response to a question about when the 3G iPhone would debut. He said he didn’t know how much more the new version will cost than the existing model, which sells for $399. Apple Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs “will dictate what the price of the phone is,” he said.

I would assume Apple will charge $599 for the unit and include 16GB of memory. I also further speculate that Apple will continue to sell the EDGE based iPhone for $299 or less.

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