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Top message:  WCDMA by cesar1001   Apr 7, 2006, 7:05 PM

Replying to:  Re: WCDMA by kaoru   Apr 7, 2006, 8:34 PM


by hottoddy36    May 1, 2006, 10:06 AM

The WCDMA (UMTS) band that the new 3G handsets are offering are really only handy when you are in Europe where the 2100MHz band is used for public cellular handsets for super-high-speed data. Close to 400Kbps speed. But, in USA that frequency band is taken by gov't agency and inaccessible to the public. But, it you get a handset with GSM 900/1800/1900 and UMTS (WCDMA) 2100 - go to Europe, get a prepaid sim from Vodafone or Orange in Europe and test out the 2100 band. You will see many of the 3G phones have dual cameras - for video conferencing. I just ordered a MDa Pro (JasJar) which has it. But alas, it is useless in USA. I believe Cingular/ATT is rolling out a US version of 3G using a diff freque ncy range, which I am sure is years off in the future for widespread rollout. But once it rolls out, we'll all have to get new handsets to accomodate. Then we can videoconf in the US. By then, Europe will be on 4.5G or 5G with who knows WHAT capabilities!!
Technology is fun....but DAMN expensive to keep up with!! Very Happy

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