“overdrive”, supporting speeds up to 3.6 Mbps downstream. This then gives yourcell phone or PDA the power to not only download email and websites and amazingspeeds, but now you can really do video conferencing, music downloads, and otherpieces of data that would have taken hours using an older technology. Currently,only 6 cities support UMTS so contact your local AT&T store for availability in yourarea.
Code Division Multiple Access, or CDMA
In the US, there isanother technology that only exist in 83 other countries besides the US. It’s calledCode Division Multiple Access, or CDMA, that although not as portable as GSMtechnology, is quite ahead of them when it comes to speed. The national companiesin America that support this technology currently are Alltel, Verizon and Sprint. Thecost of unlimited usage of this technology averages to about $45 a month. Let’stake a look at 2 of their speeds.
2.5G or 1xRt (1 times Radio Transmission Technology)
is the main speed of allCDMA2000 compatible phones and PDA’s It is available to a majority of the countryand can support speeds of up to 384kbps. Using this speed, users can downloadlarge emails and browse the web comfortably, but still unable to stream video ormusic.
3G, or EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized),
is the true 3G product that supportsup to 1.5 Mbps, which allows companies like Verizon to implement their V-Castservice, allowing customers to stream music videos, purchase and listen to musiconline, watch live TV, and enjoy video conferencing.
IDEN, or Integrated Systems Enhanced Network
is a 2Gtechnology only used now in the Sprint Nextel Corporation. This technology wasfamous for its walkie-talkie feature which was only available on this network untilabout a year ago. Because of the Sprint Nextel merger, this technology is beingphased out, allowing users of these phones to integrate into Sprint’s CDMA network