In about a week, the new iPhone will most likely be unveiled by Steve Jobs at WWDC. According to published reports — okay, published rumors sourced from AT&T — it should be available in the U.S. shortly after, around the second week of June this year.

Because AT&T’s next generation 4G network isn’t expected to be rolled out until at least 2001, I’m not expecting this new iPhone to be 4G-network compatible. Is this the end of the world? Should I wait even longer before I upgrade my old iPHone 2G to hold out for the brave new world of 4G wireless?

I don’t think so.

Here’s a recent story from Huffington Post which talks about why the change from 3G networks to 4G networks won’t be as dramatic as the 2G to 3G network upgrades. It also talks about how AT&T and T-Mobile’s 3G networks which are available now are faster than the 4G offerings from Verizon and Sprint (T-Mobile’s 3G band is still incompatible with the 3G radio on the iPhone — the best you can hope to get is a fast EDGE connection on a jailbroken iPhone).

Despite the network issues in high-traffic markets such as New York and San Francisco, it looks like next week’s new iPhone is going to be a solid performer for the course of its usable life.