Telus' 3G That Isn't
Once I saw this, I wanted to find out more about the 3G network vs. the EV-DO network. Telus already has the infrastructure set up so could this be true?
Here's the lowdown:
CDMA2000 Network used by Telus. Enhancements to this network protocol are CDMA1xRTT, EV-DO, and EV-DO Rev. A. CDMA at best is considered a 2.75G network - not 3G. Also EV-DO is limited to CDMA networks and not GSM networks.
HSDPA (GSM Network 3G resides on) Network used by Rogers. To get an idea of the HSDPA technology, please check the Wikipedia entry here. Part of this network technology is EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution), and this is a step up from the standard HSDPA network.
The biggest problem with these networks is that they can actually run over the same frequencies, but modulation, packet information, and actual mechanics separate CDMA (EV-DO) from HSDPA (3G). We typically assume that any network that claims to have 3G (literally, 3rd Generation) is a GSM/HSDPA network. Phones that use the GSM/HSDPA network usually have one or more SIM card slots that allow you to drop in the SIM of your favorite provider and you are up and running. Telus' 3G network has nothing to do with this at all however. I spent quite a bit of time of the phone with Telus and was told that Telus thinks their network is a 3rd Generation network so they want to get on the "3G" bandwagon. Much like companies jumped on the "XP" bandwagon back in 2003. The end result is that you can't get an iPhone 3G on the Telus network, or any other "unlocked" phone from your favorite provider. Telus is still living on the CDMA bandwagon, and according to their Public Relations department has no intention of going 3G. When questioned about their claim to be "Canada's Largest 3G Network", they responded "We feel that our network is 3G." Wow.
I feel that my Explorer should be jacked up and know me by name but it doesn't. I feel that I should be able to make money by blogging, but it doesn't seem to happen. Telus openly admitted that they don't have a "3G" network but want the consumers to feel comfortable and not limited on the Telus network. That's a great idea - confuse the consumer and make them think they have better service, quality and functionality than they actually are purchasing. Sounds like they think they have a lot of stupid customers who don't know any better doesn't it? As with everything today, marketing hype is everywhere and cannot be trusted. Please research every product purchase you make and don't expect to grab the new Nokia N96 from TigerDirect.ca to activate on Telus. Both the phone and the provider say they support 3G, but they aren't compatible. Don't confuse 3G with GSM - although it used to mean support for the same network, Telus has crossed the line into mass confusion. It's just that simple, or convoluted - take your pick.
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