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CDMA or GSM-HELP!!

CRCinOklnd

Nov 25, 2003, 1:31 AM
Hi All!
I am a current Verizon user in the S.F.-Bay area, and have excellent service with them for 4 years now. But I have been intrigued for a long time with GSM service and the phones connected with it. I need peoples input and opinions here. Is GSM better than CDMA and why? I heard the voice quality is better, but is it by much? A year or two ago, I heard GSM was terrible here(as far as signal strength, dropped calls, etc)...has it improved? From what I've seen on the maps and from what co-workers and friends say, it is yes. Now if I decide to go GSM's way, I've decided to go with either AT&T or Cingular, because they have the upcoming 850 frequency besides the already existing 1900. T-Mobile only has 1900 from what I've seen.
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junyc

Nov 27, 2003, 7:15 PM
GO att in my experience but the 515? Great phone but m-mode does not work at this time. Good luck.
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jungleroom_x

Nov 30, 2003, 6:34 PM
From a technical standpoint, CDMA is the latest and greatest. GSM is basically a glorified TDMA platform that would need to switch to CDMA anyway to become 3G, so you might as well stay with a CDMA carrier to be quite honest. The only real advantage GSM has over CDMA is the amount of networking it had globally, there isn't a techincal aspect that would make it a better choice as far as voice clarity or data transmission. CDMA all the way with Verizon or Sprint, and there is no doubt about that.
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Rich Brome

Dec 3, 2003, 3:43 AM
jungleroom_x said:...there isn't a techincal aspect that would make [GSM] a better choice as far as voice clarity or data transmission...


I would have to disagree on the voice quality part of that statement.

It depends on the phone, of course, but also the base station (tower) equipment involved. I can say from extensive experience that T-Mobile's GSM network in Philly sounds dramatically better than Sprint's CDMA network in the same area (across many different phones for each network, and for both parties). YMMV.
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jungleroom_x

Dec 3, 2003, 12:36 PM
Quality of the network plays a factor, definitely, but as far as specs go, CDMA pretty much wins out hands down. Unfortunately, we won't be hearding a voice clarity improvement until EV-DV rolls out across Verizon and Sprint... Sad

We're talking years for that
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