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Top message:  Which is better CDMA or GSM??? by fairplayinc   Oct 6, 2004, 10:15 AM

Replying to:  Re: Which is better CDMA or GSM??? by lisam   Nov 28, 2004, 11:08 AM

Re: Which is better CDMA or GSM???

by sailwaywil    Jul 29, 2005, 10:17 AM

Obviously, your opinion is based upon bias rather than knowledge or opinion. Many countries that formally only used GSM (eg. China, Korea, Germany, UK) are replacing their GSM with CDMA. Why? Because GSM as others repeatedly in this forum have asserted has limitations especially for wireless data. The largest Wireless Network in the US (Verizonwireless--coverage not customers base)abandoned TDMA/GSM when it was BAM, GTE, and Primeco. VZW has continued to put up more towers all cdma than anyone else, and so there and they cover more different markets (130 )currently than the GSM carriers combined so the report you made in your post that coverage was greater on GSM neither holds water nor that it doesn't work everywhere (no carrier or technology covers everywhere) and is largely irrelevant. ATT & Cingular at the time CDMA became available did not buy into CDMA because of the cost involved and instead converted from TDMA to the more advanced form of it called GSM. Cingular is really still nubile in the arena of wireless Broadband because they really had to rely on the ATT Broadband platform (which drives things like broadband over the phone, mobile web, texting, pixing, flixing, synching, etc)offerring Broadband in less than 10 markets and a much slower limited data signal while VZW using the CDMA on its evdo has it in 50 current markets and will probably have all 130 markets covered within the year. Because VZW's VCAST using the advantages of CDMA Broadband was the first out of the gate, and is becoming widespread for streaming video via cell so fast and it will take several years for the GSM carriers to catch up with their slower Mobile TV. the content providers will make more video available for CDMA which may mean that like Windows the CDMA becomes the standard, which is what is essentially at stake right now for GSM carriers if VZW succeeds in their aggressive approach. Likelihood is that Domestic GSM carriers will go to hybrids like WCDMA eventually and VZW is already offerring 2 Switchable Global Phones that can be used on both CDMA/GSM networks, albeit not the GSM in the US but overseas which is largely different frequency than Domestic GSM. Their Global Phone Service is thru. Vodafone the world largest carrier Worldwide servicing 138 countries (not including US--because the US is thru.Verizonwireless whom they own roughly half--other half is Verizon Communications). The competition for VZW is really not currently Cingular because at current Churn/Activitation rates within 2 year if they hold, VZW will again be the largest not only in terms of network but also customer base, but with the landline carriers and cable who offer phone service. The competition will be not only for VZW to grab their phone customer base but also their Video, DSL Broadband, etc.

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