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EarthLink, SK Telecom Team for New MVNO

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Jan 26, 2005, 11:53 AM   by (staff)

EarthLink and SK Telecom today announced SK-EarthLink, a new joint venture with the goal of offering "cutting-edge wireless devices and services that, until now, have been unavailable to consumers in the U.S." The company will operate as an MVNO, using the CDMA EV-DO networks of both Sprint and Verizon Wireless. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest wireless carrier, first launched EV-DO in January 2002. "Americans are living in the past," said EarthLink founder and director Sky Dayton, who will serve as CEO of SK-EarthLink. "Utilizing emerging 3G networks and harnessing the explosive growth of Wi-Fi, SK-EarthLink will take the wireless experience in the U.S. to a new level." The companies plan to finalize the venture in March, and launch their first products later this year.

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kuno

Jan 27, 2005, 11:20 AM

No GSM, No Care...

Confused I'll admit right away that I'm not too interested in CDMA phones.

However, if this joint venture manages to make it a sucess hopefully it'll push other GSM carriers to finally speed things up and start bringing the nice GSM phones available overseas to the U.S.

I for one will cheer for this company and hope they make it big in hopes that other carriers will stop thinking about milking consumers for every penny they have before moving on to the next big thing and start pushing technology as a driving force like how it is overseas.


However, if this joint venture manages to make it a sucess hopefully it'll push other GSM carriers to finally speed things up and start bringing the nice GSM phones available overseas to the U.S.

Those nice internation...
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Rich Brome

Jan 26, 2005, 5:17 PM

Start Drooling!

So... reading the FAQ on their site and watching the video, it seems pretty clear this all about bringing some of those crazy Korean phones to the U.S., much sooner than the 1-2 year lag we usually see.

So what does SK offer now, that they'll be trying to bring to the U.S. soon? Check out the latest in their Korean lineup:

http://www.speed011.co.kr/phone2005/phone2005_new.asp »

Shocked Cool Very Happy
All i have to say is... "Verizon reliability with a great phone selection? Sign me up!" Wow, if only I understood Korean i would read the specs on those phones.
Well, too many clamshells for my taste, but I was impressed that all the phones I looked at had screens with 262k colors. I wish I could see those things in person.

If only I could read Korean, I'm sure I'd be blown away by the features. Again thou...
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but thequestion is will americans buy those phones?

american people as a whole tend to be very old fasioned people. they don't want a phone with a camera or that can surf the web the just want a phone that works. they think all those extra gadgets...
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Does this mean we can get the new Startac in the U.S.? Shocked
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janze4

Jan 26, 2005, 11:40 PM

so SK-EarthLink is gonna be another name in wireless?

We have Verizon, Sprint, Cingular, T-mobile, and Nextel, plus a few others not in my area, alltell, and such.

And to be added to names like Virgin Mobile, Boost, Trac Phone, is SK-EarthLink?

There going to be using sprint and verizon’s EV-DO network? Sprint and Verizon aren’t even using there EV-DO networks yet. Verizons phones launch soon, sweet sweet phones.

And later this year we can expect SK-EarthLink to emerge as another name in EV-DO service? EV-DO uses up a lot of spectrum, Verizon and Sprint are trying to build up enough, hence a major reason why sprint and nextel are merging. Why would they let SK-EarthLink use there EV-DO network?

Will SK-EarthLink be pre-pay? with high end phones like there talking I doubt it. So...
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Sprint actually has plenty of spectrum to spare, and even more after bringing on Nextel. That's why they've been bringing on MVNOs like crazy.

I'm guessing that Verizon is part of this just to supplement Sprint - to provide basic 1xRTT coverage whe...
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EJWIRELESS

Jan 27, 2005, 9:13 AM

in stock!!

if your looking for the korean imports cdma
let me know..
my store is in new york city..
i sell the 3.2megapixal phone along with the
5.0megapixal phone with 16million color!!
thats right 16million..not 262k--;;
any how if you need some more info.
email me at ejwireless@hotmail.com
thx guys~
EJWIRELESS said:
if your looking for the korean imports cdma
let me know..
my store is in new york city..
i sell the 3.2megapixal phone along with the
5.0megapixal phone with 16million color!!
thats right 16million..not 262k-
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joachim

Jan 26, 2005, 12:17 PM

wow!

now that is exciting news! wonder what this really means?
this means we finnally get those crazy handsets that can toast bread
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Shocked Not sure about this for 1 ED-VO is barly into markets across the USA and Verizon does not contract enough handset for that speed. On the other hand it does give a chance for others to join in....I wonder if Qwest try as well as Virgin and ESPN mob...
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It means we'll finally have a carrier with a serious focus on handset technology. EV-DO networks plus newer phones faster from Korea could definitely be a killer combo.

If they can deliver, it will be great. It will be interesting to see. It's also...
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HeroPsychoDreamer

Jan 26, 2005, 12:06 PM

Hmm

I take it that this will be only available for VZW and Sprint, due to the "EV-DO"?
HeroPsychoDreamer said:
I take it that this will be only available for VZW and Sprint, due to the "EV-DO"?
That's why they mentioned Sprint, Verizon, and EV-DO in the article.
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Zaniphan

Jan 26, 2005, 3:47 PM

Clerification Please

Confused Shocked Confused
Is the EarthLink/Telecom Team a Service Provider, Manufacturer, or a technology based company?
I think they will be a service provider but they will concentrate on the more high tech devices like the ones offered in korea instead of cheap freebie phones but I don't think they will manufacture any of them
They will be an MVNO:

http://www.phonescoop.com/glossary/term.php?gid=113 »

...or in other words, they will offer service, but technically using someone else's network. Just like Virgin, Boost, Qwest, Liberty, etc...
zaakir

Jan 26, 2005, 3:48 PM

ho hum

what this means is competition for cingular which we need desparately.


evdo.... hmmm oh yeah, gotta love browsing those oh so richly detailed WAP sites at broadband speeds.. Evil or Very Mad WE NEED HTML BROWSING ON HANDSETS, and i dont wanna buy a treo or pockt pc phone to do it! Evil or Very Mad
reqwireless webviewer is where its at
 
 
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