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Cingular Upgrades Three 3G networks

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Oct 18, 2005, 1:12 PM   by (staff)

Network equipment partners Lucent and Ericsson today announced they have completed 3 upgrades to what was originally AT&T's UMTS network. 3G networks in Seattle, Phoenix and Dallas / Fort Worth have all been upgraded to support HSDPA in order to be a part of Cingular's launch, expected next month. Although the networks are now capable of higher speeds, users will not see any gains until they can upgrade to new handsets or PC cards that can take advantage of the HSDPA protocol.

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pauldg

Oct 18, 2005, 10:21 PM

which handsets?

to my knowledge, no one has made an HSDPA phone. we will have 2 PC cards (though one is only available through B2B), but all of the 3g phones offered seem to be UMTS. can u put this protocol on a UMTS handset with a firmware update, or would it require a different Chipset? If this would require a new phone (likely Confused ) what does everyone think/want in a HSDPA phone? im hoping for that Nokia 6280 in a HSDPA version, myself. Here's this pic

http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/motia_2005/index. ... »
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SystemShock

Oct 18, 2005, 4:11 PM

So I gotta have an HSPA phone to take advantage of HSPDA speeds?

Hum, that mmight be ok for like a new sign up but others may not be 2 happy.

Its a little like the Sprint-Nextel thing where you can't take advantage of their combined coverage until the hybrid iDEN-CDMA phones come out, and then you gotta go get a new phone.
the type of people that care THAT much won't mind shelling out money for a phone at full retail especially since they have the skills to eBay their old phone anyways
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Actually, it's no different from any other company. You have to have an EV-DO phone in order to take advantage of Verizon Wireless's EV-DO coverage. You have to have an HSDPA phone in order to take advantage of Cingular's HSDPA coverage. You have t...
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SystemShock said:
Hum, that mmight be ok for like a new sign up but others may not be 2 happy.

Its a little like the Sprint-Nextel thing where you can't take advantage of their combined coverage until the hybrid iDEN-CDMA phones
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