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Ban Halts Release of New 3G Phones

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Jun 7, 2007, 4:53 PM   by (staff)

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) today issued a ban on the import and sale of all new 3G phones using Qualcomm's chips. The ban comes as a result of a patent dispute with Broadcom, which Qualcomm recently lost. This ban will halt the release of all new CDMA models as well as any WCDMA or HSDPA models that use Qualcomm chips. Carriers will be able to continue selling previously launched models, including replenishing stock of them. Updated: Until this dispute is settled, carriers will only be able to launch new phone models that have already been imported into the US in final versions ready for sale. Import of new phone models is banned, however, Cingular could launch new 3G phones that don't use Qualcomm's chips, such as those from Nokia. Phones such as the Samsung a727, which has been announced but not yet sold, can only be launched if final production batches were imported before the ban.

more info at Wall Street Journal »
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LG and Samsung scramble... grovercg Jun 8, 2007, 1:41 PM
which phones use Qualcomm chips? jonyboy27 Jun 9, 2007, 7:26 PM
Some perspective Rich Brome Jun 7, 2007, 6:01 PM
Don't worry! BC and QC will settle, and the ban will be lifted! ratonovitch Jun 9, 2007, 1:52 AM
To the carrier employees: digitmasher Jun 7, 2007, 8:18 PM
monopoly?? pennyless10 Jun 8, 2007, 8:19 PM
iPhone? sprint4life Jun 7, 2007, 5:17 PM
Well that sucks muchdrama Jun 7, 2007, 6:05 PM
How long do you think the band will last? Platypus Jun 7, 2007, 4:59 PM
Well such is life in America. Versed Jun 8, 2007, 6:39 AM
THIS SUX Yean Jun 7, 2007, 5:09 PM
The Entire ITC ORDER (Analysis will come soon. ) nextel18 Jun 7, 2007, 8:04 PM
Samsung A717 released with at&t retrolike Jun 8, 2007, 8:47 PM
Not totally accurate.. landale Jun 7, 2007, 6:17 PM
Awesome! japhy Jun 7, 2007, 5:59 PM
I guess verizon maybe SOL uh?! linkfeeney Jun 8, 2007, 6:50 AM
Can anyone else say... digitmasher Jun 7, 2007, 6:28 PM
Additional Information nextel18 Jun 7, 2007, 6:49 PM
x_x Wireless Buddy Jun 7, 2007, 5:59 PM
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