[maemo-users] N810 with GSM radio

From: John Holmblad jholmblad at acadiasecurenets.com
Date: Tue Jan 13 23:48:32 EET 2009

thanks for reminding me of a word, "homologation", that I have not used 
for a long time.  Having said that, and, given that there is a WIMAX 
version of the N810 I don't see an inherent technical or cost reason why 
there could not also be a version with a 2g/3g radio (GSM/HSDPA, or 
CDMA/EVDO) as well.

I am disappointed that Clear (the Sprint/Clearwire/Others WIMAX venture) 
appears to be slowing down its US rollout strategy for its WIMAX based 
service offering. I was hoping that the Nokia N810 WIMAX edition could 
find a place in this market as a multiuse (voice + data device) before 
the arrival of LTE based 4g solutions from Verizon Wireless and others.

Intel's  write-down of its 1b+ investment in Clear. announced this week, 
driven by macroeconomic market conditions (everything is down), as 
opposed to diminished expectations of the Intel management team for 
future returns from Clear, does not help market perceptions of WIMAX and 
associated products and services.


Best Regards,


John Holmblad


Acadia Secure Networks, LLC

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Wayne Fiori wrote:
> It would make the device far too expensive for its market. The cogs on
> the radio device would add to the base cost. There would be different
> European and American model -- each market uses different frequencies
> for GSM/EDGE. That homologation for manufacturing would add additional
> costs. The repair depot logistics would change as well. There would be
> real FCC (and the equivalents) regulatory requirements to be met.
> Worse, you would need to purchase service from a mobile phone
> provider.
> At that point the cost increases would push customers to an iPhone or
> similar smart phone.
> IMO, the best advantage that the tablets have is being free of the
> entanglement mobile phone service providers.
> --
> =W
> On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 12:13 PM, fcassia <fcassia at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I can't believe Nokia is so dumb. The software stack in the N800 /
>> N810 is stable, proven, and time-tested.
>> So why can't they release a N810 with embedded GSM/EDGE radio? All
>> that is needed is a phone dialer applet.
>> Of course, a "premium" version could add 3G, but for me to check GMail
>> on the go, EDGE is just fine.
>> Thoughts? Comments? Expletives?
>> FC
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