New EV-DO Standard Supports Video Calling
Apr 13, 2004, 10:33 AM by (staff)
It was announced yesterday that CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A has been approved by the 3GPP2 standards organization. The new standard differs from the current Revision 0 standard primarily by boosting reverse link (upload) data speeds to 1.8 Mbps (peak), enabling services such as two-way live video calling. Forward link speeds are also slightly improved; bringing EV-DO Revision A data rates to match those of EV-DV Release D. Verizon Wireless is currently deploying EV-DO Revision 0 nationwide.
WhatsApp Says What's Up to Global Video Chats
WhatsApp today announced that it is enabling video calls for all users around the world. Video calling is being added to the Android, iOS, and Windows phone mobile apps over the coming days.
Qualcomm Develops 5G Test Platform
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Apple Backs Qi Wireless Charging Standard
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AT&T Debuts Unlimited, But Really Slow, Plan
AT&T today announced the AT&T Unlimited Choice service plan, which offers unlimited everything at reduced speeds. For example, Unlimited Choice includes maximum download speeds of just 3Mbps, with video capped at 480p standard resolution and limited to streams of 1.5Mbps.
1xRTT, EV-DO, or any wireless standard to date, is a hardware feature and can't be upgraded. Even EDGE, which is relatively simple, needs to be implemented in hardware.
There is technology on the horizon called Software-Defined Radio (SDR), ...