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Sprint Reveals Motorola Photon 4G

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i may get this phone... if...

Jonathanlc2005

Jun 9, 2011, 1:17 PM
it has the updated radio for 800mhz SMR cdma
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rawvega

Jun 9, 2011, 1:36 PM
I'm right there with ya, Jonathan. AndroidCentral says that according to Motorola reps the Photon WON'T have a locked bootloader which was one of my fears. If this beast has SMR support, I'm SOLD! I wonder if it has hit the FCC yet...
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slimjon

Jun 9, 2011, 9:31 PM
Don't worry so much about 800MHz CDMA. It will be at least a year or two before Sprint completes that conversion. By then you will be using a Quad Core phone with twice the battery life and half the thickness.
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rawvega

Jun 9, 2011, 9:44 PM
I'm not worried about when they complete the project. I'm more concerned about when Sprint will have 800MHz CDMA deployed in my locale. Since I live in a major market, I suspect that'll sooner rather than later. Thus, if I'm going to be buying a new handset, I'd prefer for it to have the SMR 800MHz capability especially since other phones such as the Evo 3D will have support for it.
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slimjon

Jun 10, 2011, 4:58 AM
In this case, I suspect it won't be a slow roll out. They are going to have to convert the whole network at once. Otherwise they will have a problem with all the Nextel phones that are still out there.

This may be an unimportant conversation, because they haven't even rolled out the specs yet. It may be included for all we know.
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rawvega

Jun 10, 2011, 8:32 AM
Nah, they won't have to do it all at once. It'll be a gradual deployment. They're going to take just enough spectrum to deploy a paired channel or maybe even two of CDMA while still leaving the rest for Nextel iDEN users. Eventually iDEN will be totally phased out, at which point they will be able to use all of that spectrum for CDMA and/or LTE.
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Jayshmay

Jun 13, 2011, 1:45 PM
What does SMR stand for anyway?
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Phineas

Jun 9, 2011, 5:57 PM
I don't know what to expect until I see it, they said the EVO 3D wouldn't have the 850 CDMA capability but I saw a note that it was listed in the FCC application.
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WiWavelength

Jun 10, 2011, 8:36 PM
Phineas said:
I don't know what to expect until I see it, they said the EVO 3D wouldn't have the 850 CDMA capability but I saw a note that it was listed in the FCC application.


CDMA 800, not CDMA 850.

CDMA 850 is in Cellular 850 MHz spectrum and has been a standard for roughly the last 15 years. So, nearly every Sprint handset for the last decade has had CDMA 850 roaming capability. Your interest is in CDMA 800, which is CDMA deployed in Sprint Nextel's reconfigured SMR 800 MHz spectrum.

AJ
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