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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.

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.

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.
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.

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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