05 March 2006

Blog phones

Category: Mobile Phones


Here's a pointer to an interesting development, Sony Ericsson teams with Google. Pictures of the phones here. Blogging from a mobile phone, pictures included. That could be a useful product, considering that I use a blog to note things interesting to me, if nobody else.To be released 2nd quarter 2006. I wonder who's going to offer them in the US. One phone operates on a UMTS wireless network and the other's designed to run on a tri-band EDGE network.

EDGE networks I've heard of, but not in my area. EDGE technology is based on GSM. that's what the G is in EDGE. Cingular Wireless and T-Mobile have EDGE networks in the United States.

I looked up UMTS and it seemes to be EDGE for CDMA networks. It's also known as WCDMA and is based on CDMA technology and was envisioned for the next generation of GSM. It's a European standard designed to support data transmission rates of 144kbps for use in vehicles, 384kbps for pedestrian use and up to 2mbps for use indoors. I found this info here. I haven't found a U.S. carrier that supports it. Back in 2001, Verizon Wireless seemed to be moving in that direction, from what I've been researching.

I found this info on high speed data networks (mobile) on the Verizon site. They seem to have two internet services, Wireless Internet NationalAccess and BroadbandAccess. NationalAccess operates on a laptop at typical speeds of 60-80 kbps and bursts up to 144 kbps while Broadband Access operates at average speeds of 400 – 700 kbps. Other than that, no other info is available (that I can find).

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