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Sprint first to release Rev A device - available NOW

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  1. xenophon

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    http://www.evdoforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=3152

    http://www.evdoinfo.com/EVDO_Products/PC_Cards/Novatel_S720_EVDO_Rev_A_for_Sprint_20060824806/

    Wow!

    - Dowloads up to 3.1Mbps (average will likely be 600Kbps - 1.0Mbps). EVDO Rev 0 max is currently 2.4Mbps.

    - Upload to 1.8Mbps (average will likely be 400Kbps - 600Kbps). Rev 0 max is only 144Kbps.

    - Latency as low as 50ms, which should help VPN and chatty apps. Rev 0 latency is typically 150ms-400ms.

    - Sprint plans to have EVDO Rev A rolled out to 40m population be end of this year and nearly all network (220m+ pops) by end of next year.

    - The Rev A card will still work on Rev 0 and 1xRTT network, of which Rev0/A plans to be rolled out from 155m pops now to 200m pops by end of this year, 220m+ by end of next year. Sprint apparently needs to acquire iPCS affiliate to do entire network (rural IL, IA, MI, WI).

    - Sprint will also dataroam on Alltel network starting later this year, both EVDO and 1xRTT networks.

    - Rev 0 cards already roam on Mexico/Canada EVDO and will continue to expand.
     
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    http://www.mobileburn.com/pressrelease.jsp?Id=2664

    Sprint Launches First EV-DO Revision A-Capable Mobile Broadband Card in the Nation

    Press Release posted by Michelle Ruhfass on Tuesday August 29, 2006.

    Card to support advanced mobile broadband speeds when available in 4Q 2006; Total mobile broadband footprint to cover 200 million people by year end

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan., & SAN DIEGO — 08/29/2006

    Sprint (NYSE: S) and Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL) today announced commercial availability of the country's first EV-DO Revision A-capable device - the Novatel Wireless S720 Sprint Mobile Broadband Card. This milestone follows Sprint's recent announcement that it will begin upgrading the Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network -- the nation's largest wireless broadband network currently covering more than 153 million people - to the faster EV-DO Revision A this year.

    Designed for operation with compatible laptops as well as the soon-to-be-available Linksys Wireless G-Router for Mobile Broadband, the Merlin S720 will allow customers to connect to the Sprint Power Vision Network and remotely access audio, video and data applications at DSL-like speeds. The card operates on the current Sprint Power Vision Network and will support faster average download and upload speeds (450 -850 kbps and 300 - 400 kbps, respectively) of Sprint's upgraded network when it becomes available. Sprint plans to begin its roll out of EV-DO Revision A during the fourth quarter of 2006 with coverage expected to reach more than 40 million people by year end. Ultimately, Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people in the United States with mobile broadband data services in 220 major metropolitan areas by the end of 2006.

    "Sprint has reached its next leadership milestone in the mobile broadband arena once again delivering on the goals and promises made to our customers earlier this year" said Danny Bowman, vice president of product marketing for Sprint. "With the introduction of the nation's first EV-DO Revision A-capable device today we are ensuring that customers are able to take advantage of the nation's most advanced mobile broadband network to do what they want, when they want and where they want."

    "Being first to market with a commercially available EV-DO Revision A-capable connection card underscores our leadership position and continuing commitment to working with Sprint in serving its customers," said Peter Leparulo, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "By delivering innovative, high-quality EV-Rev. A wireless products, Novatel enables Sprint to provide its customers with industry-leading wireless data capabilities."

    The Merlin S720 will initially be sold through Sprint indirect and business sales channels and online at www.sprint.com for a suggested retail price of $249.99 and as low as $99.99 with a two-year subscriber agreement. Service plans for the card currently range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage. Customers signing a two-year subscriber agreement will be eligible to receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required). Sprint plans to make a variety of compatible devices in varying form factors available later this year.

    Sprint today has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. The Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network now covers more than 153 million people and services customers in 220 major metropolitan areas. Additional information on Sprint's Mobile Broadband network including coverage maps showing current and future coverage, Mobile Broadband service plans, and the latest access devices can be found at http://powervision.sprint.com/mobilebroadband/.
     
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    This is good, but they will not have a fully EVDO Network this year or even mid next year. They are waisting money on WiMax when EVDO can get really high data rates, I will not get into that now but for the ones who know what I am talking about you know.

    What are the data rates for EVDO rev a ?

    EV-DO Rev. A Systems
    EV-DO Rev. A is a leading-edge wireless technology, which adds even higher data rates and higher system capacity, as well as improved QoS support for low-latency packet applications. It is a fully backward compatible standard and remains interoperable with deployed EV-DO networks and devices around the world. On the forward link, the peak data rate increases to 3.1 Mbps while the reverse link speed increases to a peak rate of 1.8 Mbps. The increased data rates on Rev. A's physical layer enable richer applications and services.

    Rev. A offers higher sector capacity within the same 1.25 MHz, allowing operators to support more users and richer applications. Rev. A has twice the sector capacity of Rel. 0 on the reverse link and 1.2 times the Rel. 0 sector capacity on the forward link.

    The additional QoS support provided by the Rev. A physical layer significantly reduces latency and improves performance of delay-sensitive applications such as push to chat, instant messaging full multimedia content and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP).

    The CSM6800 and MSM6800 chipset solutions support Rev. A. As always, Rev. A features are backward compatible to earlier CDMA-based systems, thereby preserving the operator's initial CDMA systems investment and providing a low-risk migration path for existing EV-DO systems.

    EV-DO Rev. A Systems include:

    EV-DO Rev. A QoS
    Converged IP Services and VoIP
    Platinum Multicast
    4-Branch Receive Diversity
    Pilot Interference Cancellation

    This is just an overlay so its not all the info but let me stay its just the starting point, rec (0) was good data speeds but not really what you on the user really needs. But 3.1 Mbps is more like it, I will not go into GSM at all because we are just talking about data with CDMA. Rev (B) will be the hot word soon maybe even mid year of 2007 for the next year in 2008.

    Rev (b)

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    QUALCOMM Expects Commercialization of EV-DO Rev. B in 2007


    Next Evolution of EV-DO Triples Wireless Bandwidth

    Las Vegas — April 07, 2006 — QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today unveiled more of the Company’s strategy for driving CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO Revision B to market. Still on schedule for commercialization in 2007, QUALCOMM’s chipset solutions for the EV-DO Rev. B standard will support unsurpassed wireless data rates to provide the springboard for delivering next-generation wireless data, music, gaming and multimedia entertainment devices.

    “Consumers want devices that are smaller, lighter, faster, cheaper, as well as fully featured and with longer battery life,” said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. “We are committed to enabling our customers to meet these market demands, rapidly moving forward in the evolution of CDMA2000 technology to bring unprecedented levels of data throughput and network capacity with EV-DO Rev. B – capabilities that are necessary to support tomorrow’s high-performance wireless applications.”

    Mobile Station Modem™ (MSM™) solutions for EV-DO Rev. B will be highly integrated with advanced functionality, support the operation of up to three simultaneous channels of 1.25 MHz each for higher-speed data rates and deliver significant space-savings for devices that are thinner, smaller and lighter. The EV-DO Rev. B standard supports up to 4.9 Mbps in each channel for a combined three-channel data speed of up to 14.7 Mbps on the downlink. With the processing power necessary for true multi-tasking capabilities that support the convergence of multiple consumer electronics features, and the ability to leverage the wireless bandwidth required to deliver these mobile services, QUALCOMM’s chipsets for EV-DO Rev. B will deliver advanced functionality in a single compact, fully optimized device. QUALCOMM expects the first commercial EV-DO Rev. B products to be data modems available in late 2007, with additional wireless devices available soon thereafter.

    EV-DO Rev. B. technology is part of the Company’s DO Multicarrier Multilink eXtensions (DMMX™) platform, a set of technology and product innovations announced in November 2005. Enabling applications such as mobile TV or streaming music with a concurrent voice call, or conducting a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) conversation while simultaneously browsing the Internet or transmitting multimedia content over the network, the flexibility of EV-DO Rev. B technology also enables significant network capacity and performance enhancements while leveraging existing network investments and currently deployed devices. Extremely high-performance devices could support forward-link data rates of up to 73.5 Mbps, while lower-cost or pre-existing devices could support 4.9 Mbps. Network operators may reduce their costs by allowing a greater percentage of spectrum to be allocated to IP-based services. The DMMX platform also includes numerous QUALCOMM-developed techniques to further enhance the voice and data performance of EV-DO networks.

    QUALCOMM Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.

    Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company’s ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 25, 2005, and most recent Form 10-Q.


    ###


    QUALCOMM is a registered trademark of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Mobile Station Modem and MSM are trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. CDMA2000 is a registered trademark of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA USA). All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.



    QUALCOMM Contacts:

    Kira Lee
    QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies
    1-(858) 651-1554 Phone
    qctpublicrelations@qualcomm.com

    Jeremy James
    Corporate Communications
    1-(858) 651-1641 Phone
    corpcomm@qualcomm.com

    Bill Davidson
    Investor Relations
    1-(858) 658-4813 Phone
    ir@qualcomm.com
     
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    And if your thinking why buy rev (a) devices when rev (b) is coming out soon like in a year or 2. well if you get you rev (a) now you can upgrade latter when it comes out. The Rev (a) card will read both Rev (0) and (a).
    Then get the rev (b) later.
     
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    WiMAX won't be available for 2-3 more years broadly. RevA will be available end of year to 40m and 200m+ next year.

    RevA will be continued to be used for phones. When WiMAX is available, it will mostly target laptops and limited use VoIP. Sprint doesn't have a wired broadband deployment to home to the degree of ATT and Verizon, so may be relying on WiMAX to compete in that space.

    EVDO will still have its place for a long time until (if/when) VoIP over WiMAX matures enough to completely replace CDMA (if ever, probably 5+ years away best case).

    So it makes sense to deploy RevA maybe even RevB for phones and then when WiMAX appears, migrate laptop users off of EVDO and take load off of CDMA.

    Sounds like a reasonable strategy.

    Verizon on the other hand already has capacity issues, 800mhz towers do not have as much capacity as 1900, and no solid plans for 100% deployment of RevA, if they can even do that.
     
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    Well WiMax is a good idea but it takes away from Sprint EVDO plans.

    Now VoIP could be used on any format even GSM highspeed network, VoIP is not like CDMA or WiMax or GSM its not a network. EVDO is All about data and VoIP is in fact Over Data.

    Cellphone networks have a voice and data channels but there are some that only have data. CDMA could drop its voice channels and have only data channels and use VoIP to make calls. Infact that is something that will happen with CDMA down the road heres why.

    Cellphone towers can not be everywhere and a lot of time even in you house, you could get great service out side about nothing inside at all.
    Here comes in WiFi, you could use any WiFi Spot that was free or was a Partner with your carrier. But there is one more than to add to this, who do you switch from CDMA to WiFi or WiMax. Well if you are usings VoIP and you switch to WiFi or WiMax its all over the internet so its able to keep its connection even if you switch back to CDMA or WiFi or WiMax.
     
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    Sprint has announced more RevA devices. They now claim to cover 158m population with EVDO, up from 153m earlier this year. (While Verizon is behind at 150m+ and no RevA devices).

    http://www2.sprint.com/mr/news_dtl.do?id=13300
    http://home.businesswire.com/portal...d=news_view&newsId=20060912005345&newsLang=en

    Sprint Announces Plans to Expand EV-DO Revision A-capable Device Portfolio; Two Additional Mobile Broadband Cards to Support Advanced Mobile Broadband Speeds When Available in 4Q 2006

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 12, 2006--Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced it will enable more customers to benefit from Sprint Mobile Broadband services with the expansion of its EV-DO Revision A-capable device portfolio, with two new mobile broadband cards by the end of the year. Sprint, which operates the nation's largest wireless broadband network covering 158 million people, currently offers one other EV-DO Rev. A-capable device -- the Sprint Mobile Broadband Card by Novatel Wireless (S720).

    All three cards operate on the current Sprint Power Vision(SM) Network with average download speeds of 400-700 Kpbs. These cards will also provide even faster average download speeds of 450 - 850 kbps and broadband upload speeds of 300 kbps - 400 kbps in coverage areas expected to be upgraded starting later this year. These data rates will provide customers with remote access to richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, video messaging, music-on-demand and the ability to upload large files. Sprint expects to start its rollout of the upgraded network (known as EV-DO Rev. A) during 4Q 2006 and will reach more than 40 million people by the end of the year.

    Sprint Mobile Broadband Cards

    Designed for operation with compatible laptops with Type II PCMCIA slots and the Linksys Wireless G-Router for Mobile Broadband, the new Sprint mobile broadband cards will allow customers to connect to the Sprint Power Vision Network and remotely access audio, video and data applications at broadband-like speeds.

    Sprint Mobile Broadband Card by Pantech (PX-500) - Customers looking for the best value to meet both professional and personal needs can take advantage of the Pantech PX-500. The Pantech PX-500 can be purchased through all Sprint indirect and business sales channels, online at www.sprint.com and in Sprint retail stores for a suggested retail price of $199.99 or is available for free with a two-year subscriber agreement and mail-in-rebate.

    Sprint Mobile Broadband Card by Sierra Wireless (AirCard(R) 595) - Mobile professionals will find value in the latest technologically advanced AirCard product developed by Sierra Wireless. The AirCard 595 design and operation features include a high-performance, durable, built-in antenna that provides maximum speed, signal sensitivity and coverage. The Sierra Wireless AirCard 595 will be sold later this year through Sprint indirect and business sales channels and online at www.sprint.com. Suggested retail price for the AirCard 595 is $249.99, and it is available for as low as $99.99 with a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement.

    "Sprint is at a competitive advantage with the nation's largest mobile broadband network, our accelerated EV-DO Revision A deployment strategy and the nation's first commercially available EV-DO Revision A-capable card we began selling last month," said Danny Bowman, vice president of product marketing for Sprint. "By further expanding the number of devices that can be used to access Sprint Mobile Broadband services, we are giving customers even more choices to meet their mobility needs today and well into the future."

    Service plans for all cards and the USB devices currently range from $39.99 per month for 40 MB to $79.99 per month for unlimited data usage. Customers signing a two-year Sprint subscriber agreement may also be eligible to receive unlimited data usage for $59.99 per month (no separate voice plan required).

    Sprint today has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. The Sprint Power Vision Network now covers 158 million people and services customers in 220 major metropolitan areas. Ultimately Sprint plans to reach more than 200 million people in the United States with mobile broadband data services by the end of 2006.

    Additional information on the Sprint Mobile Broadband network including coverage maps showing current and future coverage, Mobile Broadband service plans, and the latest access devices can be found at http://powervision.sprint.com/mobilebroadband/.
     

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