3G Mobile Phones

In Australia, the 3G network uses the UMTS standard, which is built on the GSM network and all four operators - Vodafone, Telstra, 3 Mobile and Optus - use this standard. The other 3G standard is CDMA2000, which has a number of variations, but only Telstra has a version for mobile broadband packages. (See Networks & Data Rate box below for speeds and the Glossary for technical terms related to 3G networks.) Theoretically, any UMTS 3G-compatible phone will work on the UMTS network with any operator, although limitations or restrictions may be imposed by the operators as the service develops. But the phone companies are offering a selection of handsets with plans, which limits choice but avoids compatibility issues.

Networks & Data Rate

1G Analog 9.6Kbps to 14.4Kbps Voice Only
2G GSM/CDMA 9.6Kbps to 14.4Kbps Voice & Data
2.5G GPRS/EDGE 56Kbps to 144Kbps Voice & Data
3G UMTS 384Kbps up to 2Mbps Voice & Data
3G WCDMA 2Mbps, 384Kbps (wide access) Voice & Data
3G CDMA2000 144Kbps Voice & Data
3G CDMA EV-DO 2.4Mbps Voice & Data
4G 20 - 40Mbps (theoretical) Voice & Data

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