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Top message:  WCDMA 1700 / WCDMA 2100. Does that mean European use for the latter? by eric_cartman   Sep 4, 2008, 1:44 PM

Replying to:  Re: Yes by mingkee   Sep 4, 2008, 5:30 PM

Describing the 1700 band

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Sep 4, 2008, 5:45 PM

It's a thought.

However, I don't think a soul outside of the industry knows what the WCDMA "IV" band means. Plus I think it's important to be consistent across technologies. There's no terminology in use for a "CDMA IV" band, for example. "1700" makes more sense to me because you can use it easily for both WCDMA and CDMA.

As for just "AWS", that's also a thought, but "1700" is more consistent with the way all other bands are described.

The European 3G band is technically more like 1900/2100, but everyone seems happy to keep it simple by calling it the "2100" band.

I'm not quite sure why some companies want to make it complicated with the AWS band. "1700" is perfectly simply and sensible in my opinion.

The only issue I know of with "1700" is on the CDMA side, where there are some "CDMA 1700" phones in Asia that are not compatible with CDMA AWS networks over here, but there has never been much confusion over incompatible "CDMA 1900" phones on both sides of the Pacific... and I simply see that issue creating relatively little confusion compared to the potential confusion with every other option I've heard for referring to our AWS band.

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