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20 Years of GSM digital mobiles

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Telekom, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Telekom

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    Twenty years ago today, on 9 November 1992, Nokia launched the world's first commercially available GSM digital mobile phone - the Nokia 1011 - strengthening consumer interest in the world of mobile connectivity. The candybar device - which weighed a whopping 475g and could sustain a conversation for no more than 90 minutes - also introduced text messaging, viewable on the handset's two-line display.

    20 years of GSM digital mobile phones ? The Register

    A bit UK-centric, but it applies to us in North America as well.

    I still have a Nokia 5190 (North American version of the Nokia 5110) from my first go at mobile service with VoiceStream in June of 2000. I also had a Nokia 3390 (North American version of the Nokia 3310)
     
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    I remember Voicestream. My sister had it. We went on a day trip with her kids to the Science Museum in Richmond. Getting ready to go, she wsa going on and on about how she had nationwide free roaming, and I didn't (since I was still on a CellularONE regional plan). Twenty miles from her house, her phone switched to NO SERVICE, and remained there for the rest of the day. About 50 miles from her house, my phone switched to ROAMING. I remained in roaming to Richmond, and back to that same point on the return trip. After we were in Richmond a while, I said "I may be roaming, but at least I can still make a call".
     
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    Powertel/Voicestream was my first provider... I initially had the Motorola V2282 and migrated to the Nokia 5190 for ring tones. Service in Georgia was spotty and the thing didn't work south of Macon, until I got to the state line.

    GSM, IMO, really didn't take off here until AT&T (and predecessors) got their act together... When they killed off TDMA.

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    And AT&T was late to the GSM party not starting to overlay their system until 2002 with VoiceStream doing GSM since 1996. Even to this day some things with AT&T's implementation of GSM are implemented weirdly (such as their using a gateway for GSM to GSM text messages rather than direct GSM to GSM which is why "delivery reports" are meaningless when sent to AT&T.)
     
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    I noticed recently that the delivery reports with T-Mobile are no longer reliable either. It used to be that if I sent an SMS to a phone that was off the grid I wouldn't get a delivery confirmation until the actual delivery time. That doesn't always seem to be the case anymore, with confirmations arriving instantly even when the recipient is not available.
     
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    I remember that all too well. Growing up in the southeast, Cingular had 2 systems in Georgia, Augusta and Savannah (lumped into the Carolinas Market) had only GSM (on 1900 only) and the rest of the state was under TDMA. Phones didn't work statewide. I also remember AT&T Wireless having similar problems back in those days as well. GSM phones and plans weren't available in northern Florida, so the phones were paperweights. The one good thing that came out of the Blue/Orange merger was the convergence of technology.

    We are seeing this now with the emergence of LTE, somewhat. Most of the carriers agree that it is the way to go. It really would have been nice if they would have agreed on compatible LTE frequencies; now we will have to deal with the melange.

    At least your phone will still work if it doesn't have LTE :)
     
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    Aw... All the memories :p
     

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