Gphone and 850, perspectives

Tommi Virtanen tv at
Wed Nov 7 21:39:02 CET 2007

On Wed, 7 Nov 2007 at 12:42:28PM -0500, Doug Sutherland wrote:
> 850Mhz is "odd" because north america is "big".
> Output power 2 watt versus 1 watt for 1900 Mhz.
> To cover rural areas, less towers required for 850Mhz.
> There will be more not less 850 support in the future.
> Europe is much more congested so can justify more
> towers with less output power on phones.

On Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 02:28:28PM -0500, Doug Sutherland wrote:
> > Not really true... Europe have GSM 900/1800... 
> They have two frequencies for different reasons. 
> 1800 was added due to congestion on 900. In 
> North America 850Mhz is longer distance due 
> to higher output power. Read specs on cellular 
> modules (hardware) and you will see  850Mhz 
> is higher output power. That is why it is used 
> more often in rural areas. It can be hundreds 
> of miles between cities over here. 

The level of confusion wrt 850 MHz is starting to annoy me, gotta jump

There is *no* difference in range of 850 vs 900 MHz, or 1900 vs 1800
MHz. Both 850 and 900 use 2 watts, both 1800 and 1900 use 1 watt.
Stop claiming 850 is somehow "better" than 900.

The only reason USA picked non-standard frequencies was because they
had already licensed the 900 and 1800 MHz bands to something else.

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