AT&T Wireless said at Comdex today that EDGE is in 6,500 cities: EDGE is 2.5G service that extends GPRS's 10 to 50 Kpbs up to the 100 Kbps or faster range. EDGE has been gradually appearing, and Cingular had promised a full deployment probably by mid-2004. AT&T's announcement seems like a slight surprise.
AT&T is offering unlimited EDGE (and by extension, GPRS in any areas that don't have EDGE support) for $80/month. A card costs $150 after rebate for a two-year service commitment. AT&T said that they'd also offer and support the Nokia 6200 EDGE phone which can be used with a laptop or as a cell phone.
EDGE is available outside the U.S. on AT&T's network in Puerto Rico and Bermuda, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia. The plan is to expand throughout Canada in 2004. (As a Cingular subscriber, this is precisely the kind of thing that could get me to switch -- especially if that PC Card from Sony Ericsson has Mac OS X drivers.)