Samsung crafts a 3.6mbp/s mobile phone

By Justin Mann on January 3, 2006, 12:02 PM
Broadband on your phone. That's what Samsung is now proudly touting, with the release of their new “High-Speed downlink Packet Access” technology. The speed is made possible by a chip crafted by Qualcomm, and the technology was unveiled in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics show. More and more mobile devices are chewing up bandwidth, and our demands on them are increasing. It's only natural that bandwidth for the device would go up.

"Samsung is proud to showcase HSDPA as the future of mobile broadband," said Kitae Lee, president of Samsungs Telecommunications Network Business.
What use would a phone have with broadband speeds? Though I'm not quite sure a 3.6mbp/s link on a phone is all that useful at the moment, if you've ever tried sending photos using your phone as I have you may have been frustrated by the slow speed. Now we just get to wait for the “Cell Phone DDoS” attacks.

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MonkeyMan said:
Well, an improvement, is better than no improvement at all. This is a positive inclusion for cell phone technology. Although the speed hasn't increased much, but that extra bit of bandwith, at least eliminates a fraction of the time for information to be sent to, and from, a cell phone over the net. I welcome the idea, and great job Samsung, its the little improvements, that improve the overall use of cell phone technology.
asphix said:
What I'm interested in is seeing what new doors this could possibly open. There are other bottlenecks to potential progress such as screen seize, interface implementation, size, weight, battery life, practicality, cost.. the list goes on..But with increased bandwith such as this, truely wireless mobile games without the need of a hotspot are a step closer to being reality. Streamed television shows over your handheld with ease. Mobile video conferencing?The ultimate device in my opinion would be one that can interface remotely with your home PC. Sort of how the x360 is an extender for Media Center. With that you could actually connect and view your content, listen to your mp3's..Man, I love to speculate.
Bartzy said:
3.6mbps is more than the 1.5mbps at my desktop computer. That's is incredible.I dont think it's right to say there is no use to broadband connection in a mobile phone. Soon, mobile phones will get as complicated as PCs, and we'll see complex software, Operating systems (seen in Ngage) and much more. Downloading MP3 music directly to your phone ? Playing online games ? Viewing steaming video ? TV programs ? All of this will be possible, with no waits.
flavin said:
Downloading MP3 music directly to your phone ? Playing online games ? Viewing steaming video ? TV programs ? All of this will be possible, with no waits.but at what cost? i was told Vcast cost alot of money and u only get movie trailers and music videos
nathanskywalker said:
More connectivity, cool.
mentaljedi said:
Lots of little steps are better than nothing. An expanse in bandwith is always welcomed. (except when there is a large price increase)
nimo333 said:
Hmm, 3.6Mbp/s is faster than my pc's internet. Now, that's just too crazy.
xerowingsx5k said:
Well with an expansion of bandwidth, it could also mean cheaper prices for slower speeds that most consumers will probably find sufficient.
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