Originally Posted by ciscobee
So of those 3 technologies ... which is better? I watched the whole iPhone thing, and I think they said they are GSM and going to use something called "3G" ... which is completely foreign to me.
So ... is a network, like a power company? Your sort of restricted by geographic location? Like, does Sprint own Los Angelos, and Verizon own Compton?
Better is subjective. GSM is available globally, so if you travel out of North America, you go with GSM.
iDen is proprietary and works mostly in North America but in only a very few places outside of North America.
EVO (Sprint/Verizon) is the fastest network in terms of download speed. Verizon has great coverage in the US - and NO roaming outside of North America.
So best depends on:
- Where you work
- Where you live
- Where you travel
The mobile companies are NOT like the power utilities. There are no monopolies. They buy licenses and can put up as many tower sites as they can afford. They compete heavily. In some areas some carriers are much better than others. You have to pick the carrier, based on location and travel, and then pick the model.