AT&T launches 3G in Steamboat

Local Verizon retailers plan to sell iPhone in near future

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— AT&T flipped the switch Tuesday on enhanced service for Steamboat Springs wireless users.

“We are indeed in the process of activating AT&T’s 3G mobile broadband service in the Steamboat Springs proper area,” AT&T spokeswoman Erika Ulring said. “We’re excited to be bringing AT&T’s enhanced mobile broadband network to area residents, businesses and travelers and will keep you updated with more details in the coming weeks.”

At this time, the service upgrade is limited to Steamboat, Ulring said.

Before Tuesday, AT&T wireless customers in Steamboat had been limited to the provider’s slower EDGE network.

The network upgrade in Steamboat came two days before Verizon Wireless will begin selling the iPhone, which had previously been available only through AT&T. Verizon made a limited number of iPhones available nationwide last week as a pre-order for existing customers.

Scott Schnackenberg, who works with corporate sales and new product development for Steamboat-based My Wireless, a Verizon retailer, said they will sell the iPhone at some point in the near future but won’t have it in stock for Thursday’s launch.

Matt Anderson, a sales rep at Steamboat’s Ensignal store, another local Verizon retailer, said they also plan to sell the iPhone sometime in the near future.

Schnackenberg said Verizon’s 3G network in Routt County has been in place for at least five years and includes coverage in rural areas.

“When they rolled it out, they rolled it out everywhere,” Schnackenberg said. “It’s great that AT&T upgraded their site in Steamboat, but not very many people just stay in Steamboat.”

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or e-mail mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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