A Cellphone For All Standards

Software running on general-purpose hardware means not having to throw away your cellphone when standards change

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Can you imagine keeping the same cell phone as you switch from one service provider to another to take advantage of deals and new phone service options? A new technology called software-defined radio could make that possible--of course, assuming that service providers choose to adopt it.

As any reader of the business pages knows, the most appropriate single word for describing the world of mobile telephony is "uncertainty." No one can say with confidence what forms third- (and future) generation cellular systems will take, nor even when they will be deployed. Making decisions about what protocols to adopt (cdma2000, UMTS/W-CDMA, EDGE, GPRS, or even some yet-to-be-finalized 4G technology) and therefore about what equipment to invest in has been difficult for the Verizons and Nextels of this rapidly evolving world.

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