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Replying to:  Why is it that Sony Ericssion will make a 1700 AWS 3G phone for T-Mobile...and they won't make CDMA? by EliteABombAZ   Sep 10, 2008, 1:30 PM

Re: Why is it that Sony Ericssion will make a 1700 AWS 3G phone for T-Mobile...and they won't make C

by Globhead    Sep 14, 2008, 7:14 PM

Someone else would probably have this down better than me, but since nobody else is answering, I'll offer my vague (and possibly incorrect) recollections.

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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