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What Sprint Nextel should do

Discussion in 'Sprint Forum' started by agentHibby, Oct 20, 2005.

  1. agentHibby

    agentHibby Iowa Cellular Guru
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    This may have been already posted, but I think if Sprint Nextel will do this it will help them out tons to be able to travel around the world and have future CDMA phones that can do WCDMA roam in areas where there is no CDMA.

    There is a link to the article.
    September 14, 2005

    Gemplus to Develop R-UIM Smart Cards for TELUS Mobility

    LUXEMBOURG and SCARBOROUGH, Canada, September 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP), the world's leading provider of smart card solutions, today announced it has been selected by TELUS Mobility to develop R-UIM cards that will tie together the Canadian wireless carrier's CDMA and iDEN networks and enable world roaming on GSM networks.

    "The ability to tie together CDMA, iDEN and GSM networks to enhance roaming options will give clients increased mobile freedom, enabling them to travel and do business more efficiently," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS Mobility's Vice President of Products and Services. "Gemplus' proven track record of providing high-quality smart cards makes it an ideal partner in the development of R-UIM cards."
    R-UIM smart cards authenticate and identify individual subscribers on wireless networks, enabling them to freely carry their subscription and personal information from phone to phone, and around the world.
    TELUS Mobility, which already uses Gemplus SIM cards in its iDEN Mike phones, is researching the benefits of expanding smart cards to its CDMA network. With this move, TELUS Mobility joins the other 40 CDMA operators using R-UIM, including operators located in China, India, Japan and Brazil.
    "Gemplus is pleased to support TELUS Mobility as it develops R-UIM technology in Canada and thus the inherent smart card advantages of portability and security. "We will continue to work closely with TELUS Mobility to optimize the value of smart cards in their networks," said Ernie Berger, President of Gemplus North America.
    About Gemplus
    Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 - GEM and NASDAQ: GEMP) is the world's leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest (2005), Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor). It has sold over 5 billion smart cards.
    With security at its core, and 2400 patents and patent applications produced by its innovative R&D team, Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalized solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.
    Gemplus' revenue in 2004 was 865 million Euros.
    http://www.gemplus.com/
     

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