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AT&T has announced that they have completed the upgrades to their 3G cell sites that will bring all of their sites nationwide up to date with the faster 7.2 Mbps data speeds, double that of the current standard for most networks. Users won't see a change in speeds just yet, however, as they still need to upgrade their backhaul connections for the speed improvements to take effect.
If you're hoping to get an iPhone 3GS soon, you might want to hurry, because they're going fast. Apple published an availability checker for checking available inventory at their various retail locations. At the time, roughly 90% of the listed locations still had inventory of all four models, but over the weekend this has decreased to around 40-45%, and 15% of stores are completely sold out, which includes the entire states of Alabama, Oregon and Utah. [via MacRumors]
U.S. Senators Ask FCC To Investigate Legality Of Exclusivity Deals Between Handset Makers And Carriers
A group of U.S. Senators are asking the FCC to examine the exclusivity deals between wireless service providers and handset makers that allow a carrier to be the only provider for a specific handset over a period of time, such as the arrangement between Apple and AT&T for the iPhone, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3G S. The decision was the result of a request sent by a group of rural operators asking to have the FCC look in to the matter.
According to Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner, US carrier AT&T is subsidizing the iPhone 3G by $325, not $200 as previously suspected, placing Apple's total cost for each device at $525 for the 8GB and $625 for the 16GB. In addition, he also states that AT&T is paying Apple an additional $100 for each iPhone 3G that is sold in Apple Stores for unknown reasons.