AT&T 3G Compatible Nexus One Coming? - HotHardware
AT&T 3G Compatible Nexus One Coming?

AT&T 3G Compatible Nexus One Coming?

Google's HTC Nexus One, while available unlocked (always), but subsidized by T-Mobile with a two-year contract. Hopefully anyone who bought the Nexus One with the intent of using it with an AT&T SIM read the fine print and realized that it wasn't compatible with 3G on AT&T's network. That may be changing, though.

Versions of the HTC Nexus One for Verizon and Vodafone have been listed as coming on Google's website, but if you're going to have the darn thing unlocked and its a GSM device, it's a pain that AT&T users can't have 3G support on it. However, a recent FCC approval seems to point to an AT&T 3G compatible version of the Nexus One.

The problem, of course, is that to get 3G working on both T-Mobile and AT&T means coverage of more frequency bands. This could compromise size and weight of the device which could be the reason Google went the way they did.

At any rate, the Nexus One has not been a blockbuster, at least so far, which is probably a good thing for AT&T users: they don't need extra app phone traffic sucking away all their bandwidth from their iPhones.
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This should let the Nexus One compete directly with the iPhone. T-Mobile's 3G coverage is very limited (it has a smaller coverage area of the 4 major carriers). I can see this being one of the reasons why the Nexus One hasn't appealed to a lot of people.

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Yeah I agree gibbersome. I have often wondered why Google and the makers of phones on the android system chose T-Mobile for there initial release on new units. This is not because I don't like t-mobile specifically there coverage is just much less. They have some cool deals, but with such a low coverage threshold.

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One thing to remember here is much like Verizon and Sprint T-mobile piggy backs At&t tower wise and therefore connection wise as well. I just think the t-mobile and At&t network is going in the wrong direction upgrading 3G rather than flipping to 4G. General usage and specifically speed and security wise 4G is much more capable than 3G.

We are discussing this in security class as we just did last quarter in wireless communications class.

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I wouldn't mind a Nexus One :-)

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