January 26, 2005 8:55 AM PST

EarthLink, SK Telecom link arms

The 50-50 joint venture will be a mobile virtual network operator, offering services by piggybacking on established operators.

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CDMA? No Thanks.
SK-Earthlink is apparently partnering with Verizon and SprintPCS. See <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://wireless.newsfactor.com/sysapps,mblmd,wlsweb,wirelesssys/story.xhtml?story_title=EarthLink--SK-Telecom-in-Wireless-Venture&#38;story_id=30014" target="_newWindow">http://wireless.newsfactor.com/sysapps,mblmd,wlsweb,wirelesssys/story.xhtml?story_title=EarthLink--SK-Telecom-in-Wireless-Venture&#38;story_id=30014</a>

I prefer a flexible and open system which 73% of the world use -- GSM. See <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.gsmworld.com/.../statistics/index.shtml" target="_newWindow">http://www.gsmworld.com/.../statistics/index.shtml</a>. I can happily use an AT&#38;T MX200 phone with my T-Mobile account. If I want a new phone, I just buy one on eBay and pop in the sim chip and rock n' roll. GSM does not lock me into any carrier or equipment.

In theory you can use any CDMA handset with any CDMA provider. In practice, it is very difficult to hook up a Verizon handset to SprintPCS or vice versa notwithstanding they're both CDMA. Either of the providers will force you to purchase new equipment, and if you want a discount, you have to sign a new contract.
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Ever heard of R-UIM? Your CDMA Cartel Hopes You Don't
God forbid U.S. CDMA carriers adopt R-UIM and risk disrupting the CDMA Cartel. R-UIM is a dual mode SIM chip which allows interoperability between CDMA and GSM phones. Users can swap CDMA to CDMA handsets and CDMA to GSM. See <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.cdmatech.com/solutions/products/r-uim.jsp" target="_newWindow">http://www.cdmatech.com/solutions/products/r-uim.jsp</a>. This technology has been around since 2001. See <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://wirelessreview.com/magnewsarticle.asp?newsarticleid=227468&#38;siteid=3&#38;magazineid=9" target="_newWindow">http://wirelessreview.com/magnewsarticle.asp?newsarticleid=227468&#38;siteid=3&#38;magazineid=9</a>
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