Rumor: iPhone 3G Launch on June 9th

Gizmodo is reporting that “sources close to the 3G launch” have provided confirmation that the iPhone 3G will be announced at the 2008 Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference Keynote on June 9th. While this does sound a lot like a rumor, other factors such as nonexistent stocks of first-generation iPhones, the flurry of non-US iPhone launch announcements last week, and the all-but-confirmed Steve Jobs keynote all point to something big.

3G is the third generation of mobile phone standards and technology. 3G technologies enable network operators to offer users a wider range of more advanced services while achieving greater network capacity through improved spectral efficiency. Services include wide-area wireless voice telephony, video calls, and broadband wireless data, all in a mobile environment. Additional features also include HSPA data transmission capabilities able to deliver speeds up to 14.4Mbit/s on the downlink and 5.8Mbit/s on the uplink.

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