Review: Sony Ericsson TM506
Why is it that Sony Ericssion will make a 1700 AWS 3G phone for T-Mobile...and they won't make CDMA?
T-Mobile... and that is a limited user base to sell phones to. Yet... for years they have dogged CDMA technology for years because of it's "limited user base" (compared to GSM)... yet they could be selling phones to Verizon, Sprint, Alltel, Metro, Cricket, Virgin.... who probably cover 80 million people alone. I don't get it.
Ericsson had a big fight with Qualcomm a while back.
There is also a big long story about Qualcomm and CDMA patents. I think the GSM version of CDMA is somehow different enough to get away from Qualcomm's royalties, or somehow pay them less.
It may also be less trouble to re-design a phone to use different frequency bands than to design it to use a completely different chips.
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