3G Status

A mobile device that uses the 3G standard with its higher frequency and larger bandwidth can be expected to provide users with more capabilities and much faster speeds for their mobile communications. The first applications available for 3G devices have been primarily entertainment-oriented rather than for business purposes. With phones that use 3G technology, users can access video services covering the latest news and sporting events and make video phone calls. At this time, however, 3G networks are implemented only on a limited basis worldwide, and compatible mobile devices are expensive and in short supply. Recent trends indicate that Europe may adopt a different 3G standard (UMTS) than Asia and North America (CDMA, EV-DO), setting the stage for global network incompatibilities. Expected high throughput rates have not been proved in reality, but the widespread rollout of this type of network is still eagerly anticipated by users who want faster, feature-rich mobile communications.