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Replying to:  UMTS by crazycraig07   Mar 3, 2004, 4:23 AM

Re: UMTS

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Mar 7, 2004, 1:17 AM

EDGE provides triple data rates for relatively low cost. (It's really just a small, low-level tweak to GSM that optimizes it for data).

But UMTS is VERY, VERY expensive - it's more like a whole new network than an "upgrade". And at the moment, the data rates aren't that great (less than half the speed of Verizon's EV-DO technology which is already live).

EDGE is a no-brainer upgrade. UMTS is a relatively costly, risky proposition. If T-Mobile is thinking about skipping EDGE for UMTS, I say without hesitation that it would be a mistake.

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