[kwlug-disc] telus now has motorola droid lookalike "milestone"

shane.msg at gmail.com shane.msg at gmail.com
Wed Mar 3 12:27:15 EST 2010


Yes and no.  The newer phones will support HSPA as a primary medium with the SIM card and where HSPA is not available will fall back to CDMA for Bell and Telus or GSM for Rogers and FIDO. 

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Chris Irwin wrote, On 03/03/2010 11:26 AM:
> On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 09:55,  <shane.msg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Near as I can tell from talking to them is that the newer phones are still using the CFMA as backup but will also be using HSPA(High Speed Packet Access) that uses a SIM card.
> 
> I'll prefix this by saying that I spent a few hours reading on various
> sites, but I am by no means a cellphone guru. I may be incorrect.
> 
> Bell and Telus have not rolled out GSM, but only HSPA. The issue being
> that you can (in theory) take a "3G" HSPA phone like the iPhone, plug
> in a Telus or Bell SIM card, and have data and voice connectivity
> (assuming your device supports the frequencies they are using).
> 
> You can't take use just any GSM phone as they didn't implement the
> legacy GSM protocol (2G? Is that what it's called?). There is also no
> fallback to older protocols, which may be desirable for battery life
> (I believe HSPA uses more power).
> 
> That said, it's starting to look like you will finally be able to buy
> a single phone and take your pick of any three non-competing
> telecommunication conglomerates!

Do you mean 'take your pick of any three competing telecommunication 
conglomerates' (losing the non-) here? Else, I don't understand.

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