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Top message:  850 downfall by 155n8th   Oct 29, 2003, 6:32 PM

Replying to:  Re: 850 downfall by Rich Brome   Oct 31, 2003, 6:02 PM

Re: 850 downfall

by scottj    Nov 3, 2003, 12:36 PM

"Not when they have the power to influence manufacturers to make phones to their specs.

Cingular is a huge, huge carrier. A couple years ago, they told manufacturers "we need GSM 850 phones".

Hmmm, I'm not quite so sure on this - my biggest beef is the lack of 850 choice. Yes, there are some now but man, look at the very cool products coming out: Nokia 6600, Seimens SX1, Moto MPx200, Sendo X... Not one of these phones support 850. I've been wondering about this for a while - don't Cingular and ATTWS command a large enough market to carry some clout with the manufacturers? They are both rolling out some of their GSM on 850. Some products are out there but, in virtually all cases, on lesser equipped phones (excepting the 3600/50/20/60) but, let's face it - that phone is not really "pocket" compatible. And why should adding 850 really mean losing 900. I'm not clear on what parts of the world outside of the US are 900 vs. 1800 but it seems to me that a quad-band phone which really is a "world" phone shouldn't be very difficult at this point. Hell, even Microsoft/Motorola, 2 American companies, produced their first smart-phone, the MPx200, without 850 so it's not a true US phone at all. I figure, either Cingular/ATTWS really don't have a lot of clout with manufacturers because our market is still too small, or they don't want their customers to have some of these features.

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