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patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
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Re: Wimax is next

said by Matt3:

LTE is going to be either carrier-locked, or prohibitively expensive pay-per-byte. Those will be the two models to choose from.
How can it be carrier locked when its GSM? Will the SIM card be suddenly dead? That makes the standard useless in Europe, market wont tolerate it there.


Matt3
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said by patcat88:

said by Matt3:

LTE is going to be either carrier-locked, or prohibitively expensive pay-per-byte. Those will be the two models to choose from.
How can it be carrier locked when its GSM? Will the SIM card be suddenly dead? That makes the standard useless in Europe, market wont tolerate it there.
#1 It is GSM based. Not a direct implementation of GSM.
#2 The main component of LTE, HSOPA, can be adapted to CDMA. It would be MUCH cheaper for a CDMA carrier to do this than to convert all their equipment and towers to full fledged GSM.