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Cellular phone networks in US, Europe and Japan - what data rates ?

From: Frank Steuer <steuer@ece.orst.edu>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 22:00:58 -0800 (PST)
To: www-mobile@w3c.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.10.10011062155550.2576-100000@blackforest.cs.pdx.edu>
Hi !

I wonder why the wireless interent is so popular in Japan, why in the US 
everybody talks about and in Europe it is not very popular but almost 
everybody owns a cell phone ?!?

I know that one reason in Europe are the costs. It is still a connection
based charging and users pay every second they are online. In Japan I
think it is a packet switched network and so the users pay for the
amount of transfered data ?!

In Europe you can only get 9.2 kbit/s with GSM and up tp 43 kbit/s using
HSCSD - bu then it is even more expensive.

How is this in the US and in Japan. What are the current availble data
rates and the costs ?

Frank Steuer
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Received on Tuesday, 7 November 2000 01:01:29 UTC

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