Server 2012 and SQL 2012 over WAN/VPN

Hey guys

Ok here is the current setup.

Windows 2003 with SQL 2005 on two machines in separate locations and one Windows 2008 machine in a third location acting as a Database Witness server.

They all communicate with each other over WAN (no VPN and they are all on Workgroups).  Its working pretty good with very few hiccups if any.

What client wants:

Server 2012 SQL and Server 2012.

Microsoft says they are phasing out Mirrors and they highly recommend using AlwaysOn Availability Groups.  Ok, I will bite.
Does anyone know how that will work?  From what I have seen so far it wants to run on a cluster.  
The client is trying to keep it under budget though and so far to me at least its appearing to be a much costlier application.

The reason they want the higher end SQL is because they want to start integrating it with their SharePoint application.  SQL 2005 doesnt play well with SharePoint (and being in Mirror state doesnt help either)

So anyone have any experience with this would be much appreciated.

I have 1 server in Houston, 1 server in Dallas and one server in Los Angeles.  They are all guests OS's on nearly new hardware in a datacenter.  If we can keep from adding new hardware that would be great, but if not, please let me know what I would need.

Thanks!!
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