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Why do GSM phones wholesale cheaper?


Aug 25, 2006, 11:02 AM
Just from my experience I have found that GSM phones are wholesaling cheaper than CDMA phones. Any legit reasons for that?

Aug 25, 2006, 2:54 PM
I think the answer would be obvious ...

CDMA is an older standard mostly found in the Americas.

GSM is a standard throughout the world.

More competition + more sources + more outlets + more models + more units = lower price.

Aug 26, 2006, 2:24 AM
as an insider in the cell industry I must retort the previous responses. GSM is an inferior technolgy to CDMA in many way. once 3G is available in the US it may rival or even surpass CDMA/EVDO but for the time bein in the US CDMA is the superior tech. the primary reason that CDMA phones are more expensive is that Qualcom ( the Sole provider of CDMA chipsets ) requires royalties for all handsets made with thier tech. thus why Nokia has recently announced their plans to pull out of CDMA. CDMA is awesome but both the towers and the phones are both more advanced and more expensive to produce than GSM phones. thus manufactureres like Motorola and Nokia have place a greater emphasis on GSM as they look at the world wide ma...

Aug 26, 2006, 8:23 AM
Wow all this and I was looking for something like...duh cuz CDMA wholesalers are friggin jerks

Aug 29, 2006, 10:42 PM
Practically speaking, if you use a cell phone as a communications tool, there's no observable difference between CDMA and GSM. If you use your cell phone as an entertainment device, (and don't mind being locked-in to your cell carrier for content), CDMA currently has an edge (no pun intended).

I disagree that GSM will eventually emerge as the standard. GSM already *IS* the worldwide standard. The only places I've been where GSM is not supported is Japan and South Korea.

As for discounts, it's easy to explain why GSM phones are offered at larger discounts when you understand that CDMA carriers enforce monopoly distribution rights on their equipment. You cannot buy an unlocked or generic CDMA phone and then activate it with Verizon ...

Sep 1, 2006, 1:06 PM
Qualcom my friend. If you make CDMA phone you have to pay qualcom. simple as that

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