Ban Halts Release of New 3G Phones
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.
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LG and Samsung scramble...
By Maija Palmer in London, Jung-a Song in Seoul and Chris Nuttall in San Francisco
Published: June 8 2007 19:22 | Last updated: June 8 2007 19:22
LG and Samsung, the Korean handset makers, are scrambling to ensure that their sales are not disrupted by a decision earlier this week by the US International Trade Commission to ban imports of all new phones containing chips made by Qualcomm.
Both LG and Samsung are key Qualcomm customers and seen as hardest hit by the ban.
LG, which has the heaviest exposure to the US CDMA market, is pinning its hopes on getting the ban suspended until an appeal can be heard. It has joined Qualcomm, AT&T and Sprint in petitioning the courts to do this. The ap...
which phones use Qualcomm chips?
Does anyone know which chips are used in the pocket pc's that are sold in the USA such as the "at&t/cingular 8525" ?
Maybe this "ban" will force more Nokia phones into the country?
I am specifically wondering which GSM phones use the Qualcomm chips.
The next step is either:
- Being forced into a corner, Qualcomm caves on some of Broadcom's demands and agrees to license their patents (albeit for more than money than Qualcomm would like). That would drive up the price of all Qualcomm-based phones, though. That's not good, which I'm sure is part of the reason Qualcomm has fought so hard and let it get this far.
- Qualcomm lobbies Bush to veto the ITC ruling. (Yes, he actually has that power.)
Another step is for the carriers to switch technologies...cuz this has been going on since 2005 and will only get worse as this struggle continues
Don't worry! BC and QC will settle, and the ban will be lifted!
To the carrier employees:
I'm curious to hear what the initial reactions are from the providers that carry handsets using Qualcomm chipsets.
However, at&t will be able to convert to using Broadcom to implement their 3G phones...but Broadcom does not make chipsets for CDMA, since only part of WCDMA has any base of the core of CDMA (and I bele...
Well that sucks
How long do you think the band will last?
Well such is life in America.
While we are messing around with this, the rest of the world is laughing and passing us.
The Entire ITC ORDER (Analysis will come soon. )
News Release 07-062
Inv. No. 337-TA-543
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
ITC ANNOUNCES REMEDY IN BROADCOM/QUALCOMM INVESTIGATION
The U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC" or "Commission") today announced the remedial orders it will issue in connection with its section 337 investigation concerning Baseband Processor Chips and Chipsets, Transmitter and Receiver (Radio) Chips, Power Control Chips, and Products Containing Same, Including Cellular Telephone Handsets (337-TA-543).
The chips and chipsets at issue are used in handheld wireless communications devices, including cellular telephone handsets, that are capable of operating on so-called third-generation ("3G") cellular telephone networks, i.e., EV-DO (...
1) A phone manufacturer imported 3 zillion Qualcomm chips before th...
Samsung A717 released with at&t
Not totally accurate..
Regardless though I expect this to be resolved very quickly as you know the wireless carriers are going to lobby hard to get this overturned or yield a quick settlement.
Good idea of mentioning that June 7th deadline. People are confused.
I guess verizon maybe SOL uh?!
I think they use qualcomm chip... I guess nokia is going to rock the 3G market now!!
Can anyone else say...
There is too much business and revenue at stake for this to carry out for long, we will see Qualcomm do much like RIM did and settle for an amount that the can easily expense.
This is ****ed up.