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Good to hear from you, Mycroft. Thanks for posting.

This article would explain the cryptic e-mail I recieved from Cingular regarding my question about Siemens handsets. They didn't say yes or no, and now I know why. The handsets are coming next month, but they don't want to miss a sale today.

The article disturbed me, however, for its terrible inaccuracies. I think this is very typical with the financial media regarding wireless. Examples:

Siemens will follow that initial effort with a $250 handset that can work on both TDMA and GSM, which are the acronyms for a set of standards capable of delivering the high data rates associated with 3G, or third-generation, phones.

Since when have TDMA and GSM become 3G? Since when have they enjoyed high data transmission rates? Even assuming the author mistakenly meant GPRS, how does TDMA fit in? Not that GPRS would be 3G, but I allow some artistic license.

GSM and TDMA are considered European technology standards, while North America uses a different standard, called CDMA. But last month, AT&T announced it would be building a GSM network on top of its existing CDMA infrastructure.

When did Europe get a TDMA network? When did AT&T reconfigure their TDMA network to CDMA? How does one build a GSM network on top of a CDMA network?

What is truly sad is that there are a great number of people reading this, assuming it's true. I'll wager even the author thought he was correct.

If the media can be this inaccurate in a field I know something about, imagine how wrong they could be everywhere else.

Reaffirming the need to do one's DD.


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