Bell has 3G? Don’t Think so Jim!

I think some one needs to check their facts! They state the “Storm was designed for two major carriers, with proven 3G network performance” in the US but go on that it’s “also coming to Canada on Telus and Bell.” Hope their not counting on Bell’s proven 3G network, cuz that CDMA is not gonna make that happen! They may have a CDMA version planned for Bell, and I look forward to the that option in my next upgrade but, Bell and Telus don’t have GSM networks here!
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Why BlackBerry Storm Is An iPhone (and G-1) Killer

The carriers: BlackBerry Storm was designed for two major carriers, with proven 3G network performance, who aren’t able to carry the iPhone: Verizon and Vodafone (also coming to Canada on Telus and Bell). This opens up access to several large existing customer bases (70 million at Verizon) with strong presence in both consumer and enterprise markets. For roaming outside North America, the Storm for Verizon/Bell/Telus includes the appropriate European/Asian-supported GSM bands.

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  • Kevin October 29, 2008, 3:51 pm

    I haven’t read the entire article, but perhaps the author was referring to the Storm having data speed comparable to 3G.rnrnOnce again, I have not read the article, but at first glance that was a thought.

  • Kevin October 29, 2008, 11:51 am

    I haven't read the entire article, but perhaps the author was referring to the Storm having data speed comparable to 3G.

    Once again, I have not read the article, but at first glance that was a thought.

  • BobGoyetche October 29, 2008, 6:08 pm

    actually, Bell and Telus recently announced plans to upgrade to 3G by 2010, didn’t they?

    • billdeys October 29, 2008, 6:12 pm

      I heard the same thing Bob, but I hope we’ll see the storm LONG before that!

      • BobGoyetche October 29, 2008, 6:52 pm

        If you’re a Bell customer like i’m forced to be, you get used to being disappointed.

        • billdeys October 29, 2008, 6:59 pm

          I’m used to disappointment in a lot of things Bob, and yes I am a Bell customer and I’m as close to being forced into it as you can be.

  • Bob Goyetche October 29, 2008, 2:08 pm

    actually, Bell and Telus recently announced plans to upgrade to 3G by 2010, didn't they?

  • billdeys October 29, 2008, 2:12 pm

    I heard the same thing Bob, but I hope we'll see the storm LONG before that!

  • Bob Goyetche October 29, 2008, 2:52 pm

    If you're a Bell customer like i'm forced to be, you get used to being disappointed.

  • billdeys October 29, 2008, 2:59 pm

    I'm used to disappointment in a lot of things Bob, and yes I am a Bell customer and I'm as close to being forced into it as you can be.

  • Anonymous October 29, 2008, 10:11 pm

    The Storm 9350 fpr Verizon/Bell/Telus does not run on North American 3G bands; it does support CDMA-EV-DO. And if you try http://storminfo.ca/ you will find out more. Also try telusmobility.com/storm. And last time I looked at “3G” on Wikipedia, in researching this article, EV-DO was considered a 3G protocol. Storm 9500 for Vodafone only runs on the 2G North American bands, but on the European/Asian UMTS/HSPA 2100 MHz 3G bands.rnrnBell//Telus are upgrading to a shared HSPA network, hoping to launch next fall. This provides them with a more universally accepted protocol. This is also considered 3G.

    • billdeys October 30, 2008, 11:21 am

      Really? I have never heard EVDO considered 3G! News to me, and that makes everything even more confusing! I have a BB Pearl with EVDO, so that means I’m on this “3G.” Doesn’t seam as fast as what people are saying the 3G iPhone is. rnrnAnd the reason for their “shared” network is that in the eastern part of Canada Telus is a virtual carrier running on Bell’s network. From what I’m told they do have their own networks in the west.

  • Jim Courtney October 29, 2008, 6:11 pm

    The Storm 9350 fpr Verizon/Bell/Telus does not run on North American 3G bands; it does support CDMA-EV-DO. And if you try http://storminfo.ca/ you will find out more. Also try telusmobility.com/storm. And last time I looked at “3G” on Wikipedia, in researching this article, EV-DO was considered a 3G protocol. Storm 9500 for Vodafone only runs on the 2G North American bands, but on the European/Asian UMTS/HSPA 2100 MHz 3G bands.

    Bell//Telus are upgrading to a shared HSPA network, hoping to launch next fall. This provides them with a more universally accepted protocol. This is also considered 3G.

  • billdeys October 30, 2008, 7:21 am

    Really? I have never heard EVDO considered 3G! News to me, and that makes everything even more confusing! I have a BB Pearl with EVDO, so that means I'm on this “3G.” Doesn't seam as fast as what people are saying the 3G iPhone is.

    And the reason for their “shared” network is that in the eastern part of Canada Telus is a virtual carrier running on Bell's network. From what I'm told they do have their own networks in the west.

  • billdeys October 30, 2008, 11:21 am

    Really? I have never heard EVDO considered 3G! News to me, and that makes everything even more confusing! I have a BB Pearl with EVDO, so that means I'm on this “3G.” Doesn't seam as fast as what people are saying the 3G iPhone is.

    And the reason for their “shared” network is that in the eastern part of Canada Telus is a virtual carrier running on Bell's network. From what I'm told they do have their own networks in the west.