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N Series coming US! WOot
Ah interesting, thanks for clearing that up. Now of course the question begs what exactly has the FCC got planned for the 900/1800 frequencies then? The point I was making (if a little acerbically as I'm having a bad day) is that there seems to be all this space available, while both the GSM and TDMA companies are all trying to use the same frequencies, I mean even AT&T used UMTS on 1900 mhz I do believe. So Perhaps the carriers could talk to the FCC about freeing up the 900/1800 frequecies so they'rd be more space available for future expansions, and as Ludio commented, quicker rollout of the latest phones for the US and Canada. I'm sure others think likewise.
Put it this way: If those two ...
North America never gets any of the good phones because of the novel concept of using the 850/1900mhz band as opposed to the 900/1800 band that the rest of the world uses. Since CDMA and TDMA use the 800/1900 bandwidth as well, so it seems that there's a lot of frequency space out there that's not being used. The North American carriers should have had the forsight to use 900/1800 like the rest of the world and then GSM could have truly been the global standard, but until that time, there will be a lag between when the rest of the world gets awesome new phones like the Nseries, and when they finally trickle down to over here.
It has nothing to do with foresight. The GSM bands that were avail...
Cingular does use 1900 extensively, but they also use 850 just as extensively.
So with a 1900-only phone, there are practically whole states where you will get no service at all, and plenty of areas were you will have more dead zones than you should, and more "network busy" messages than you should.
Basically, you're only getting half of Cingular's network.
You may also find Cingular moving GSM capacity to 850 and shutting off GSM 1900 in some places as they roll out 3G. Lots of spectrum needs to be re-shuffled to make room for WCDMA, so that's a very real possibility.
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