Cingular gears up for high speed wireless wars

Cingular is looking to launch their UMTS network on November 1st according to Engadget.

They don’t specifically differentiate between UMTS and HSDPA zones, but residents of Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Portland, SLC, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Tacoma can expect a November 1st launch of a network providing at least “average download data speeds of 220-320 kbps.”

This is just the beginning. It’s amusing that so far, I’ve had the experience of talking to a friend that is on the Cingular network and it’s amazing how different CDMA versus GSM is when it comes to voice quality. Perhaps UMTS will be the deciding factor since if you can’t win by quality, win by speed.

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