Originally Posted by penguin3107
Actually, it is... but only in the US. The CDMA side of the 8830 uses EVDO, which is a 3G wireless technology.
The 7250, 7130e, 8703e and 8830 are also 3G wireless devices. They just use CDMA instead of GSM.
(Not that any of the above matters to someone using the device in Singapore or most places outside the US, of course.)
Sorry but 8830, 7250, 7130, etc. are NOT 3G. They are tehnically 2.5G (which is what some call it) but it's just CDMA EV-DO service. 1G, 2G, 2.5G, 3G, etc. simply refers to the speed of download and since EV-DO have achieved decent level of download speed, some ended up calling it 3G as well.
True 3G is UMTS, a service that currently only exists in a few countries in Asia (Korea, Japan, HK, Singapore, etc.) and Europe (France, Italy, etc.). Cingular has just launched UMTS service in the US and T-Mobile is planning to launch later this year.
8830 uses 2.5G CDMA EV-DO service which has been in Korea / Japan for years (as well as Verizon Wireless in the US). For the example of Korea, they have only earlier this year launched the officialy 3G UMTS service which is how I am roaming with my 8707g.
It's unfortunate how some people call a device like 8830 3G but it really isn't...
Google UMTS and you'll see what I mean...