Nancy Gohring reviews AT&T Wireless's new UMTS 3G cell data network in Seattle: Our senior editor Nancy Gohring wrote this for The Seattle Times. Nancy notes that AT&T Wireless has their UMTS service in six markets; Verizon Wireless will roll out its EV-DO service in 11 more cities for a total of 14.
Nancy tried the Real Networks video news service and gives them high marks; there's an audio-only component that offers NPR, too. That service is $4.95 per month. She notes, however, that much of that content is available for free on the Internet in formats included in the regular mMode subscription, which is $24.99 per month for unlimited use with basic Internet access and certain mobile data services.
Nancy also tried a data card that works with the service, although you can connect to the Motorola phone that's one of two options for the network via a cable to use it as a modem. The data card had worse coverage area, for reasons that are inexplicable. As with Nancy's earlier tests of AT&T Wireless's 2.5G GPRS service, the company couldn't explain the performance variations she saw in being able to get online around town.