Motorola Gsm Phones

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Motorola (and its Batman-like logo) has been around and Motorola GSM phones are proof enough of the expertise that the company has developed in wireless handsets. Certainly it sells its products to all the major U.S. wireless service providers. These include Alltel, AT&T, Cingular, South Cricket, Nextel, Qwest, Southern LINC, T-Mobile, TracFone, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. Only AT&T and Cingular, however, use the GSM technology and Motorola GSM phones.

Motorola GSM Phones Worldwide

GSM, or global system mobile communications, technology was developed in Europe in the early 1980s. (The acronym, in fact, originally meant special mobile group, or in French, as it was, Groupe Spéciale Mobile.) In formulating the move from analog to digital technology, Europeans quickly realized that it was both most efficient and to every participating country's advantage to come to a consensus standard on the new technology.

That standard was two-pronged. First was the use of only two frequencies for cellular transmission, 900 MHz and 1800 MHz. Second was to provide service with a removable SIM--subscriber identification module--chipset in the phone. The standard spread quickly to Asia, Africa, and the Pacific Rim. Far more models of Motorola GSM phones are therefore sold throughout the world than in the United States.

In Canada, for example, there's the trendy C650 with its "MotoMixer" audio, quad-band frequency capability, four to six hours of talk time, 1.8 meg internal memory, 65,000-color display, and mini-USB connection. In Australia, there's the V878 flip phone with classy looks, video capture, VGA 3 camera, integrated flash, tri-band GSM capability, and GPRS connectivity. In the United States, there are 12 models, both tri-band and quad-band. They're all great phones. Motorola knows what it's about!

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