3G HSPA 7.2 at least would give greater benefits then a 2G GPRS/EDGE network. It would provide more bandwidth to more users at once but HSPA 14.4 would be better. But AT&T hasn't learned from their mistakes but a bit of the factor is the amount of subscribers they have. But Verizon has over 7 Million more and they are doing A OK. Verizon knows what the heck they are doing. AT&T needs to learn from them even tho the technologies are not the same AT&T could do much better on efficiency giving the end user a better network especially with its 113MHz (6MHz Qualcomm LTE added) of spectrum holdings nationwide and in some areas individually it could be more or less. AT&T has a leap of spectrum in many many areas ahead of Verizon. This is why we prepare for a future filled of only 3G and 4G networks. However, in the future we should be using nothing less than HSPA+ 42 and make all networks fiber optic.
The roaming agreement maybe choosy as in the areas that its activated in. In the areas with coverage it may still be blocked as a roaming agreement is not needed. However, this theory will need testing. One thing off topic i'm waiting for is AT&T to give back T-Mobile its well deserved contract at Starbucks. AT&T has McDonalds and Popeyes and many places. Let T-Mobile have its places back. So lets see what March brings us.