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CTIA Wireless 2007 Report

CTIA Wireless 2007 Report

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CTIA Wireless 2007 Report Ways of wirelessly getting onlineBy Eddie Hines
Need to go to a certain website for research? Sports scores? Looking for a place toeat? Today there are many things you need and want that are located online. Butwhat if you are not at home using your DSL or Cable modem connection? We willshow you all the ways you can now get online wirelessly, either through your cellphone, PDA, or laptop computer. In the future, this will be the mainstream way allof America will get online.
In the cellular phone universe there are several technologies and many differentspeeds available to get online. Let’s look at the main three. 
Global System for Mobile Communication, or GSM
, wasdeveloped for worldwide communications. The three speeds used by consumerstoday is 2G, 2.5G and 3G. Prices for customers to use this technology on their cellphones or PDA averages to about $20 for T-Mobile customers, and $45 for AT&Tcustomers. Let’s take a look in more detail of the three speeds available today.
2G, or GPRS (Global Package Radio Service),
give you connection speeds of 40kbps, which is a little bit slower than a 56k modem. Companies in America thatuse this speed are T-Mobile and AT&T (formally Cingular). A majority of thecontinental US has this speed available but certain areas have been privileged tosupport higher speeds. The advantage though of using this speed is increasedbattery life.
2.5G or EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution)
is the next level of speed in wireless data. It can support speeds of up to 384 kbps, which are lightyears faster than GPRS ever could go. Currently this speed is available in about 70%of the country and is supported by both T-Mobile and AT&T.
3G, or UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System
is the next stepwhich is currently being implemented on the AT&T network. Although the speedscould be more comparable with EDGE speeds, it has the capability to kick into
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
Laptops today have more options available to them to get online and much higherspeeds then a cell phone signal. And although you can use a PC data card to useeach service mentioned earlier, here are 2 technologies that only laptops and PDAswill have access to in the near future.
Wireless Fidelity, or Wi-Fi
is a technology that allows a user to connect itself without wires to a close-by remote location. If the remote location, or router, allowspermission to access its resources, then the laptop, PDA or portable device canessentially “log on” to that router and share any resource it has received permissionto access, including internet access. The internet speed is pre determined by boththe overall speed of the internet connection the router is receiving, and the wirelesssignal speed that it is transmitting. However, the more PCs you have sharing thenetwork, the slower each users experience will be. Having that in mind, choose yourspeed based upon the number of computers you feel will share the connectionsimultaneously. The cost to access this router is determined by either the companyleasing the wireless signal, or the home that you are in that is sending off the signal.And for security purposes a lot of users will ask for security credentials beforeallowing access to their wireless network. Let’s take a look at the 3 main speeds of wireless connections.
 The first speed that was available to the public was 802.11B. 802.xx is atechnology associated with a network protocol. The .11 signifies the Wi-Fi standardand must be ratified worldwide before it can be used. Now the “b” indicates theoverall speed and range of the product. Max speeds for “b” was 11 Mbps and arange of 300 square feet. Now the illusion people had was that if the speed of thistechnology was 11 MBPS then the internet speed would be as fast. Sorry folks, butthe router is limited in internet speed to the fastest speed of the internet, which nowtops off only at 8 MBPS using a cable modem. However if you were to transfer datafrom one pc to another using wireless, then you will see the speed increase in thetransfer.
 The second speed boost came in 2003 in the form of the letter “g” which indicatedtop transfer speeds of 54 MBps. This protocol however advanced in many otherways. Using new discoveries in Wi-Fi, scientists have discovered ways to increasenot only the range, or cloud these signals produces, but enhance the securityfeatures as well.

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