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    I have read with much interest the discussions about the Treo 650 because I too am looking to purchase the 650. Some have indicated that purchasing the Treo 650 now, knowing that EV-DO is around the corner, is a mistake.

    I have spoken with a Sprint RF engineer who has indicated that while Sprint and Verizon are going to implement 1xEV-DO (or already have) he indicated that the actual user implementation will be using a PC Card (PCMCIA) on a laptop. He also indicated that full RF power would be required to obtain the signal to noise required because of the wide bandwidths required. By implication it would be a huge battery drain on a hand held device. (True/False?) Is it reasonable to then assume the use of EV-DO on a hand held device to be currently out of reach? Is this why the Treo 650 did not include 1xEV-DO? What am I missing?

    Is it then reasonable to put EV-DO on the back burner and implement higher bandwidth Internet access using WiFi? Then there is the question of processor speed being the bottleneck if you have broadband access (either with EV-DO or Wifi).

    I would like to hear some feedback concerning this issue. If we get broadband via WiFi then it may not be an issue that EV-DO isn't implemented in the 650. But that is the big question.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
    Rees
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    The Imate PDA2k EVDO will have EVDO built - in, so I'm pretty sure it's possible on a cell phone. See http://www.clubimate.com/index.asp?P...AILS_PDA2KEVDO
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    Ok, good point about the Imate. But wouldn't EVDO consume alot of current from a battery? Wouldn't this drain it quickly?
    Rees
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    There are over 100 handsets using 1XEVDO currently in use in the world.

    http://www.3gtoday.com/devices/Devic...2000%201xEV-DO

    To be honest, the one i played with in San Diego (during verizon's user trial) did not seem any faster than a 1xrtt handset.
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    I think you may have figured out why the i-Mate PDAdk EVDO does not have wifi. The battery drains too fast if you have both!
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    Verizon only has EVDO in select markets right now, and from what I have heard from various Sprint reps is that they won't even be out of test markets until late next year. I would not hold on buying a phone based solely on the availability of EVDO at this time because it won't be fully implemented until 2006.
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    Well whether it is Sprint or Verizon (I would prefer Sprint) I can see that the EVDO aspect of my decision is to go ahead and purchase the 650. My Treo 300 recently developed a problem not being able to hear who I am talking to on the phone. It has been diagnosed to being a radio problem and not a speaker problem. It doesn't even work with the hands free earphone. So, upgrading to a Treo 650 with my current plan (unlimited vision for $10/mo) and a $150 instant rebate sounds good. Thanks for the input guys.
    Rees
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    No company is going to put umts or ev-do in their phones. There are only a handful of markets with those technologies, so it wouldn't be cost effective for them to do it. Give it another year and then it may show up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbono13
    There are over 100 handsets using 1XEVDO currently in use in the world.

    http://www.3gtoday.com/devices/Devic...2000%201xEV-DO

    To be honest, the one i played with in San Diego (during verizon's user trial) did not seem any faster than a 1xrtt handset.
    Dayum! That is an amazing list of phones! Why are we not seeing any of those announced for North America?

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