The iPhone has been FCC approved. Richard Baguley of Wireless Info studies the frequency data on the accompanying docs, and laments evidence of that which we already know: At best, the iPhone will only EDGE data. That's on point with what was already widely known, but I'd secretly hoped for a Boom! moment where they'd spend the last six months putting in the necessary chippage and hardware for UMTS high-speed data. Another day, another wild gadget fantasy squashed.
Thanks MegaZone - immediately after I posted that I was like "I should just look it up at Wikipedia" and have been reading all the overwhelming minutia. HSDPA does look incredible with the streaming video data rates. So, EDGE should be just fine for us for the interim then? The fact that the iPhone will also have WiFi seems pretty cool too - i can hook up to various work and my home networks.
For this Mac user for many years, I'm excited to finally have a device that will seamlessly sync up to my platform of choice, while also being able to check both IMAP (.mac) and POP (work) eMail accounts when away from the desktop, get to browse full webpages, and upload quicktimes and photos of my portfolio work to a portable device that will be with me always. And that iTunes/music capability is pretty cool too. ;)