Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th Jul 2011 17:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A recent Retrevo Gadgetology survey suggests that users are unclear on what exactly 4G means, don't know whether their current mobile service is 4G or not, and even if they do know, are unsure of the benefit. It also seems that mobile device owners' loyalty to their chosen platform is more important to them than higher network speeds.
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RE[5]: Comment by A.H.
by zima on Fri 15th Jul 2011 00:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by A.H."
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Don't push this "CDMA confusion" of sorts (itself resulting mostly, I guess, from how one camp couldn't come with anything better than using, as part of some of their consumer brands, a name of basic radio method) even further...

NVM how it's like saying, basically, "notably younger technology uses more complex, more efficient on the wireless part (with some costs elsewhere) radio method" ...GSM camp also uses it (in the form of "3G"/UMTS/WCDMA), and actually to cram a lot more into the same chunk of the frequency (HSDPA, HSPA+). "GSM" ~= 3GPP for all practical intents and purposes (vs. 3GPP2 camp); it isn't a "switch" but a natural evolution.

BTW, EDGE (TDMA, what you strictly describe as "GSM", what can very much carry data and is indeed most likely still used by majority of world users of mobile data) is included in the definition of "3G"... (and its current revision is actually faster than any "pure" 3G variants at the time of their introduction)

Arguably and... demonstrably, GSM was a far superior choice. There's a reason why it was chosen by vast majority of the mobile world; why it serves well.

Edited 2011-07-15 01:01 UTC

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