You can find anything on the web. However, knowing that 33.5% of all web posts are made by dogs
(versus 17% by cats and 23% by folks who think the ESC key will ESChew something) I tend to trust Motorola before anyone else when it comes to tech specs on their own phones. I think "science" reporting ended in the 60's when Jules something-or-other stopped reported on NASA launches for ABC News.
Mark, I did look at Huawei's web site. Seems like just another Chinese tech company pushing their new line of gizmos, albeit translated rather better than most of them. Still a bit unclear about some of the details, but I don't lose much sleep over stuff that's not available to me. Which in the US means anything the cellcos haven't authorized by themselves. Sometimes, I deeply regret not getting involved in phone
hacking when it first started. In the US they deserve everything they get, in the name of karma and turnabout being fair play. To think that we went from the proud home of Bell Labs and the finest telco in the world to being a 3rd world contestant in those fields....Well, did I mention getting what they[we] deserve? sigh.
I think it was a good 5/ 8? years ago that Texas
Instruments (TI) mentioned developing chipsets that could be programmed for handling multiple protocols, instead of using different daughtercards, so that one phone
could be used on 4 different systems. (CDMA and TDMA being 'flavors' of GSM in broad terms.) But like fuel
pills and miracle carburetors, the final product never quite made it to market.(G) Actually not the same, most of those were bunk but the electronics
were/are real. The problem HERE is that the cellcos have been adamant about not servicing anything that reduces their competitive edge. It is a miracle among 800 pound gorillas that Apple was able to put Wifi
in the iPhone
and still convince a major carrier to service
Somewhere on the web is probably a world map showing which cellular systems are deployed in what areas. Oz, the pacrim, Red China
, the US and EU...I suppose a cruiser who wanted to really use it all, would stick to WiFi
nearshore, and fall back to satcoms offshore
. Or buy one of each and use it as needed. After all, business users should be able to easily afford that hit.
Basic physics makes shortwave or SSB
simply unsuitable for any real bandwidth, although Sailmail is still a miracle compared to smoke signals and heliographs. Maybe.(G)
The first time I saw a live webcam uplink FROM ANTARTICA via downlink to NZ and then hardwired into the web, I kinda went into shock for a minute. If McMurdough and Everest are available in realtime....it is a much smaller planet than it was when I was born. I'm not sure I like that. Placing a call from a government
post office and waiting an hour for the reply, at $5/minute, was the price
you paid for being "abroad".
Or as they say in the Hitckhiker's guide, "Wherever you go, here you are."