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Motorola's Gobi equipped mobile computers might lead to cell phone users changing networks at will

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Motorola's Gobi equipped mobile computers might lead to cell phone users changing networks at will
Today's cell phone has a number of radios installed under the hood, each one pre-set to a certain frequency to handle a specific job. A good example of this is the Nokia N8 which will have more than 9 radios. 4 of them cover the entire GSM/EDGE spectrum while 5 of them cover 3G/3.5G bands. Then you need to have one for Wi-Fi and one for bluetooth.

Motorola has just launched a pair of Windows Mobile 6.5 powered mobile computers for enterprise use only. Both units are equipped with the Qualcomm Gobi. The Gobi is used on laptops and allows the user to tune into any GSM or CDMA frequency. Anywhere that there is a signal being broadcast, you will be able to tune into it. And while the technology isn't available for cell phone use now, eventually a Gobi equipped handset will find a signal for wireless broadcasts and tune your phone to that frequency, allowing you to use your phone wherever a signal can be detected.

The Motorola devices are the first mobile products that allow the user to select the cellular network that he wants to use. Imagine being able to choose which network you want on your cell phone at any given time. It might be some time away from being used on consumer handsets, but we are one giant step closer with this launch from Motorola.

source: Motorola


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. thesuckit (unregistered)


That would be cool. Give the power back to the people!

posted on 23 Sep 2010, 10:02

2. trentsinmypants (Posts: 313; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)


I just activated a ThinkPad that had both GSM and CDMA options. It even said "Cingular Wireless" on the bottom of it but it had Windows7 loaded on it (O_o)

posted on 23 Sep 2010, 10:34

3. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I don't understand. In most countries, thee is at least one 3G\3.5G frequency that is used by all carriers. Why would I want to be able to tune into all of them?

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