You are correct but VZW does not allow for GSM usage in the states unless you unlock to work with a GSM carrier. The chipset can work but VZW cripples it. I do subcontracting work for qualcomm and IMO their best chipset is inferior to some of the ones currently on the market. VZW will have a tough choice to make when they roll over to LTE.
Thanks for your comments. Very well spoken.
Originally Posted by secured2k
I'd just like to add...
The Storm 9530 has a Qualcomm MSM7600 chip that supports CDMA EVDO Rev A and UTMS/HSDPA/HSUPA. This means it can support all the major carrier networks.
Qualcomm has been working on Rev B which increases speeds to 8+MB/s down/up with Rev C going much higher. However, I have yet to see any carrier go for this since they seem to be moving to the next generation 4G network.
As for 4G, it will take a hardware upgrade to use it. I don't see the Storm 2 or phones released this or next year having it as I'm assuming the phone companies want a chipset that works with backwards compabilities.
The most advanced chipset Qualcomm has right now is the QSD8672 (HSPA+/EVDO Rev B). I expect the Qualcomm 9xxx will support the LTE networks next year or in 2011.
Verizon Wireless, owned by US carrier Verizon and Vodafone announced that it will start using a new wireless broadband technology known as Long Term Evolution as its wireless broadband standard of choice, dealing a blow to chipmakers Qualcomm and Intel and their alternative technologies.
Verizon Wireless will give LTE a trial run in 2008 using equipment from Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia-Siemens, and Nortel. The project is expected to attract start-ups specializing in fourth-generation wireless technologies.
The move is likely to give a fresh blow to rival wireless broadband technology WiMAX, and may be the killing blow for the current Wi-Fi technology, with industry players admitting that the decision to use the technology is significant because it is an indication of Verizon Wireless’ willingness to operate a more commonly used network. CDMA, Verizon’s current standard, is not compatible with many of the world’s carriers, which use a standard called GSM.
Verizon’s pronouncement follows AT&T in saying that the largest US carrier will be using LTE, the latest 4G technology which promises high data transmission rates. The move is seen as the long-awaited upgrade by Verizon, which is still using CDMA networks, in turn enabling Vodafone to resolve long-standing incompatibilities with its GSM-based networks.
In a statement published at Redherring.com, Fran O’Brien, director of wireless standards for Alcatel-Lucent said “two major carriers with a common platform also give suppliers a bigger target to shoot for.”
O’Brien added that LTE has attracted the attention of a number of global operators. Verizon’s commitment to the technology, he said, lends immense credibility to LTE and could provide the incentive that makes it a mainstream technology.
One of the early adopters of CDMA and its high-speed data technology Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Verizon’s adoption of LTE is in many ways a surprise departure from CDMA orthodoxy.
Verizon released a statement to the Financial Times saying that its recent commitment to open access to its network is made more feasible through the higher bandwidth promised by LTE. It also adds that Verizon Wireless now plan to let independent developers attach to its network, effectively opening its network to outsiders.
Richard Lynch, Verizon’s chief technology officer, added that LTE was part of the company’s vision of giving customers an all-encompassing wireless internet connectivity that is linked to “a multitude of new devices and applications, with particular focus on embedded wireless in virtually every piece of electronics.”
On the other hand, developers of CDMA technology is putting up a brave face amidst the impending transition. Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group said that although it has become clear that a ‘one technology fits all’ strategy may no longer suffice in today’s competitive markets, 3G CDMA services will remain the dominant generation of mobile communications services long into the future.
Verizon’s announcement to eventually unlock its network to any device or software program marks the company’s reversal of its previous inclination for a closed network, acknowledging that having a common network goes a long way toward an open environment where cellphones can seamlessly roam between different network providers.
“The company’s move toward a 4G network is driven by our vision of pervasive wireless Internet connectivity and mobility,” Richard Lynch, chief technology officer for Verizon Communications Inc., said in a statement released to the Financial Times.
Verizon Wireless, together with Vodafone Group PLC, plans to begin trials next year with the cooperation of Alcatel-Lucent, L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., Nokia Siemens Networks and Nortel Networks Corp. as network suppliers. It is currently negotiating with major industry players such as Nokia Corp. and Motorola Inc., to provide the handsets, eventually making it easier for Verizon Wireless customers in the U.S. to travel abroad and use their phones.
Just a fyi, somewhere in Atlanta a a carrier is running a test of the WiMax network, the phone models are unknown and the carrier is being kept secret too, on my limited access to this info I know there is at least one blackberry involved, note that this is totally different to the wimax article published in BGR and Engadget recently.
Now a question for you network gurus, if we now what's the equivalent to 3G in us carriers, what's the equivalent to 3.5G???