2.87G Cellular

PCWorld.com – Nokia Lives on the EDGE
When I worked for Motorola a few years ago I was in the EDGE division, which we facetiously called “2.87G” since it was supposed to be a stop-gap between 2.5G (GPRS) and 3G. Motorola abandoned EDGE to focus on 3G and it’s yet to be seen if it will work out for them.

I’m curious to see how this all plays out. EDGE is at least a year or more behind schedule and 3G will arrive when? Hmmm.

Continuing its assault on the market for mobile phones designed to deliver high-speed, application-rich data services, Nokia is readying its first smart phone for the Americas.

Nokia’s 6620 is the company’s first smart phone engineered to run on high-speed EDGE networks in the Americas, in addition to those based on GSM and GPRS technologies, company spokesperson Damian Stathonikos says. The phone is expected to be launched on the second quarter of 2004.

EDGE networks, which are designed to transmit data at rates up to 384 kilobits per second, are sprouting up across the Americas to serve customers demanding faster e-mail and Web surfing services.

Nokia’s new tri-band smart phone runs on 850-, 1900-, and 1800-MHz networks, which, in addition to the Americas, exist in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The phone is priced at $400 without the discounts generally provided by mobile operators, according to Stathonikos.

It’s also an open question as to whether EDGE — or 3G, for that matter — will generate additional revenue for cellular operators given how competitive the market is.

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