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While Verizon and Sprint are busy in an EVDO Rev A standoff, Cingular is occupied with expanding its 3G network. Cingular says it now offers 3G in “more than 160 markets, including most of the top 100 major cities in the country.” We’ve been following Cingular’s […]

While Verizon and Sprint are busy in an EVDO Rev A standoff, Cingular is occupied with expanding its 3G network. Cingular says it now offers 3G in “more than 160 markets, including most of the top 100 major cities in the country.” We’ve been following Cingular’s 3G rollout over the past few months, including when they said they had lit up Northern California.

For Cingular, 3G is its HSDPA/UMTS network that has average download data speeds between 400 to 700 kbps. But Cingular says:

“in areas where the 3G network is not available, customers will automatically receive service on the company’s EDGE network.”

We were wondering how often users are relegated to the EDGE network on cell phones in markets where Cingular’s 3G is supposed to be live? We asked Cingular and they said users know they’re on the 3G network because the 3G icon will only appear on the mobile screen in the UMTS/HSDPA network. Simple enough.

We’ve been using a 3G-compatible phone (LG CU500) over Cingular’s network around the Bay Area where there is supposed to be coverage, and it doesn’t seem all that blazing fast to us — though the phone shows the 3G icon. If you’re using a cell phone over Cingular’s 3G service, tell us how it’s working out.

  1. I have a Samsung Blackjack with 3G service and I’m in Dallas, TX. The 3G service works pretty well but I travel a fair bit around Texas and the minute I step a foot out of Dallas, it’s back to Enhanced ‘E’. Still works perfectly fine for emails, google maps, etc.

    It’ll do but it could be more consistent.

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  2. I am in the Seattle area and also a Blackjack user. In the city its pretty good, and from my office and home, I get pretty good speeds. When I travel it has varied, but for the kinds of places I have been in, acceptable. Could be more consistent, but it will do.

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  3. Here in DC, and traveling occasionally to Kansas City, I have a Blackjack and I have been getting as high as 900kbps download speeds (on dslreports speed test and speakeasy.net) on the phone and as a modem for my laptop. Sweet.

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  4. Same holds for Los Angeles…consistently high speeds and solid connection. Cingular gets the job done.

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  5. I have blackjack in metro Atlanta and seems to be covered decently well with pretty good speeds, just got phone so have not traveled much with it though. I live a good 20 miles perimeter from the city also and still get pretty decent coverage also.

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  6. I have a blackjack in the SF Bay area and it rocks. Speeds are blazing fast and connectivity hasn’t been an issue from downtown SF to Silicon Valley and throughout the East Bay.

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  7. Tested it quickly at LAX using a 8525/TyTN. Worked fine with descent speeds. I’ve been using it in Baltimore/DC area for the past few months and it’s been OK too. I get speed tests up to 900kbps, but it seems to fluctuate (especially when i really need it.. hehe) I also got to test it in NY and I seem to have the best reponse/speed/consistency there.

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  8. I have a Samsung Sync in Los Angeles, and am still on Edge network. No 3G yet.

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  9. I use the LG CU400 and the speeds around Atlanta are great, much faster than my T-mobile Dash. If you have the 3G icon on the screen, then you fly through the net. I’ve ordered the Blackjack because the LG doesnt have internet sharing like the Dash does.

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  10. Timothy Stinson Friday, March 16, 2007

    I have the Blackjack and have been to Phoenix AZ and Baton Rouge LA where 3g is available. It was great, just waiting for OKC to get it now.

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