what is the point???
The whole first generation (would that be 1G? ) of WCDMA phones will be like this. They will be big, the features will be a mixed bag, and the battery life will suck. It was the same when then they first launched WCDMA in Japan, and it's the same right now in Europe.
In Japan, they've had WCDMA phones for a couple years, but only now are they starting to get 3G models in Japan t...
Therefore, a better analogy would be any tri-mode CDMA or TDMA phone, which includes both AMPS (analog) and the digital technology. This is more like that. (Same core network type, different air interface.)
This isn't something unique to this phone. Nearly all WCDMA phones for Europe also include GSM. It's pretty much a requirement, since Japan is the only place with enough WCDMA coverage to not need something like GSM for adequate voice coverage.