According to Forward Concept analyst Will Strauss, a 3G version of the Apple iPhone is "imminent".
Strauss observed that Apple and 3G technology firm Interdigital last week signed a worldwide, non-transferable, non-exclusive, fixed-fee royalty-bearing patent license agreement.
The Interdigital deal lets Apple integrate 3G technologies in the iPhone and future Apple iPhones
The analyst made his claims as the iPhone rumour mill continues to claim that the mobile network (O2) currently seen as the front runner by iPhone UK network speculators is in the process of enabling EDGE support across its UK network.
Regardless, Strauss is certain the new 3G iPhone will be annnounced "soon", reports EE Times.
Right now, the Apple iPhone can access the internet only via Wi-Fi or EDGE, and some users have complained that it is too slow. Never the less, Apple recently announced that it had sold one million iPhones..
The iPhone is not currently available in the UK, although it is expected in the next month or so, and several websites recently announced that iPhone unlock software is available for £25.