Though it's commonplace in these parts, portions of the world rife in glorious UMTS and HSDPA haven't had nearly as much of a need for a duct-taped hack of an expansion to GPRS -- EDGE -- as we have. Anyhoo, O2
is just now getting around to adding EDGE to its UK towers, and while we don't know the exact reasoning, it could be indicative of an imminent iPhone launch
. If Apple delivers the same 2.5G iPhone to Europe that they've delivered to the States, EDGE is going to go from a nice-to-have to a must-have real
quick for buyers and carriers alike. Then again, O2 could just be doing a favor to its old-skool subscribers, too. In either case, though, faster data's always a good thing, so we're not going to bite the hand that feeds us on this one.