The closest thing to a truly nationwide cellular high-speed data network available today is the EDGE Cingular Wireless network. This high speed provides an unsurpassed wireless internet anywhere a Cingular cell-phone signal is available.
The EDGE Cingular Wireless network enables you to expand your remote and branch office networks without the hassle and cost of extending wiring. Implementation of the innovative new wireless services, as they become available, is also easy with EDGE Cingular Wireless.
Benefits of the EDGE Cingular Wireless Network:
· Secure wireless access point;
· Stateful Inspection firewall;
· ISP and gateway high availability;
· Large-scale management support, etc.
EDGE's speed is more obvious when you use your phone as a modem for your PDA or laptop. You can connect to all of Cingular's EDGE-capable phones to the PCs, using the Bluetooth or a USB cable.
In order to multiply their speed, the data systems, like GPRS and EDGE, can use several time slots at once. The speed from 8.4 to 59.2 Kbps per time slot is allowed by EDGE's nine encoding schemes.
EDGE offers various phones. Owing one of this phones and a voice plan enables you to use unlimited EDGE for less than twenty five dollars per month as a part of the MEdia Net add-on plan, even if the phone is used as a modem for the laptop. The company also presents cheaper plans at two, ninety nine dollars per month for 500KB of data, seven point ninety nine for 1MB and a nine point ninety nine dollar plan for 2MB.
Cingular provides seventeen different plans for PC Cards, ranging from seven point ninety nine dollars per month for 1MB of data to less than eighty dollars per month for the unlimited use. Take into consideration that the same unlimited use costs fifty dollars a month less with a phone.
With faster high-speed networks, like EV-DO and UMTS, covering some major cities, and with Wi-Fi hot spots, peppering the country, it is becoming easy to find a faster connection than EDGE. However, those who spend a lot of time on the road, travelling to cities or other areas without EV-DO or UMTS or are on a budget, will be satisfied with this broad national network that is acceptable for e-mail and light Web surfing.
Covering the most populated areas in the United States, EDGE is the least expensive of the three 3G networks. EDGE was rolled out nationwide quickly, since it overlies Cingular's existing GSM/GPRS network.
EDGE is available on phones and PC Cards. On phones, the difference between EDGE and GPRS is hardly visible: pictures and games are still very small. Every day multimegapixel camera phones and larger games become more and more available, and the speediness of EDGE really starts to shine.
There are twelve classes of EDGE devices, based on the number of time slots they can use. The higher class of the EDGE device, the faster data transfer it offers, the Class 10, is currently used in the most advanced EDGE phones. The Class 10's theoretical maximum speed is 236 Kbps - more than three times as fast as a dial-up, however, still much slower than a cable, DSL or EV-DO.