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N80 3G?


Jan 6, 2007, 10:36 PM
Ok, can someone clear this up for me? Is the Nokia N80 a "3G" phone? I know Cingular is beefing the whole 3G thing like crazy with the SYNC and LG CU500's. Is the WCDMA 2100 band only for Europe? Is the WCDMA 1900 band the "USA" 3G? Please, can someone clear up this mess for me??? Confused Confused Confused Thanks!!!

Jan 7, 2007, 3:45 AM
Yes its a 3g phone. I might be wrong, but I believe WCDMA allows for packet data transfers at a slow, dial up type speed. Cingular's EDGE network is what allows for the 3g broadband speeds.

Jan 7, 2007, 8:35 PM
Ok, well mine is WCDMA 2100 only. I have found out that the N80ie is 1900 and 2100. SOOOO....next question is: Can you change the N80 to make it WCDMA 1900 capable, or is that a hardware thing?

Feb 1, 2007, 1:40 PM
Are you sure N80ie is 1900/2100 ? I thought it was only 2100.

Jan 8, 2007, 12:42 AM
If you read through all of the posts for this phone on this very forum, you should be able to find the answers to almost all of your questions you are asking especially concerning the Nokia N80's 3G capabilities. Also, phonescoop has very extensive explanations on American 3G networks versus European bandwidths - including equipment compatability and even definitions and visuals.

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Feb 3, 2007, 1:11 AM
At this time, North American cell-phones operate only on the 850/1900 MHz bands for all traffic. Most of the rest of the world is on 900/1800 MHz for GSM, and 2100 for 3G WCDMA. In the USA the 2100 band is not available, and 3G WCDMA (UMTS/HSDPA) is only supported by Cingular on 1900 MHz (they are in the process of adding 3G on 850 MHz). Thus the 2100-band on new phones is useless in North America (and may cause additional battery-drain if active!).

The N80 only supports WCDMA on 2100, and Nokia has shown no signs of actually adding support for 1900 (originally it was expected they would). They ARE coming out eventually with the N75, with specific support for 850/1900 WCDMA for the North American market, and which Cingular now insists ...

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