Nice chunk of info....... respect! And thanks a lot!
I am not into CDMA (yet) as in my city the CDMA network is just new and yet no Nokia phones available (Shame!) but once they bring something like a 6685 which is a 6610 for CDMA (and doesn't exist yet!) i will switch systems for sure.
Reason: Data speed!
Situation here today: GSM via GPRS offers 43.1 kb/s (advertised), a friend of mine uses it and gets, when lucky, 30 kb/s with his laptop. Standard dialup goes at a stable rate of 9.6 kb/s even the phone would allow 14.4, the network doesn't.
Now Hutch's CDMA 2000-1x advertises "up to 153 kb/s" and that has been tested by a Bangkok Post reporter (BP is our local english language newspaper) with a "Hutch Air Card", kind of a PCMCIA modem which works wireless, using Hutch's CDMA network. The guy could get a LOWEST data rate of 135 kb/s and the highest he got was, well, 153 kb/s! Consider this:
In Bangkok, the average user got dialup, promising 56 kb/s and the lucky guy (me included, at home!) get's 52 kb/s out of that, if there are REALLY good lines in the building. Most of Bangkokians have to ticker along with anywhere between 10 kb/s and 40 kb/s..... the lines here are at some places really crap, don't blame the ISP's alone
Now in my office, a bit outside Bangkok, on a good day and not raining i get 43 kb/s and when it rains, that drops to 18-21 kb/s..... terrible.
A "Broadband" connection available from some providers is in fact a standard ISDN which gives 128 kb/s and cost a HELL of a lot of money, plus you pay for the amount of data transferred. Also available is a cable connection with 256 kb/s but only in areas that are wired to the UBC cable television network, and that are not too many areas. Sure you get leased lines and satellite connections, but you got to be millionaire to afford that sort of stuff here.
What i want to point out is, that using a CDMA phone as a modem on Hutch's network gives you data speeds better than the "ordinary" broadband! And i am sure that many people use their new Hutch phones actually as modems..... as it is yet the main advantage of that network here, they yet can't send MMS or SMS to GSM networks...... but that will come, too, i hope.
One question: Is CDMA facing the same problems as ADSL where you get good transfer rates, but when more users come onto that same base station, the speed get's slower and slower?
Please enlighten me..... i'm interested in CDMA
Thanks in advance....
CDMA - because it is the better system.