Sucks to be anyone who just bought a new Citywest phone, especially if Bell switches to away from CDMA.
[quote]The two cellphone companies â€” Canada’s second- and third-largest providers, respectively, after Rogers Communications Inc. â€” are poised to announce a conversion from their current wireless technology and toward the more popular kind used by their rival, according to a report Monday from UBS Investment Research.
Both companies have cellphone networks that run on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, which is used by fewer than 20 per cent of the providers in the world, while Rogers uses the near-ubiquitous Global System for Mobile communications (GSM).
Bell and Telus are looking to switch to either Wideband-CDMA (WCDMA) or High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) technology, both of which are similar to GSM in how they transmit data, UBS said. Over the past few years, Bell and Telus have seen Rogers run away with signing up new customers, who are attracted to flashy GSM phones â€” including the iPhone â€” that are not available to CDMA carriers.[/quote]