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  1. hpdrifter's Avatar
    Illegal?? What? That doesn't make sense. Why would it be illegal llol
    Many countries have restrictions on what radio frequencies can be used, and/or what they can be used for. As an example, there are wireless flash triggers for digital cameras, which will remotely trigger your off-camera flash via radio....manufacturers have to use different radio frequencies for US and non-US models, as the frequencies used in the US are illegal to use in other countries.

    So if another country has allotted the frequency bands used for (USA) CDMA for something else, it would be illegal to use them for that purpose in that country.
    12-06-09 12:40 PM
  2. Gawain's Avatar
    +1000000

    A Dutch friend in his countrys military told me that CDMA is actually illegal in some European Countries...
    To be fair, this is true, but not necessarily because it's "CDMA" (though it's certainly possible, since it's the next best thing to military Frequency Hop Modulation technologies). Some European countries have laws preventing "SIM Blocking", where a carrier sells a device which can only accept SIMs for that carrier's network. Since CDMA does not use SIM cards, and the devices need to be programmed to that carrier, it falls under that definition.

    It's not an EU-wide issue, since several EU countries in eastern Europe do have carriers that operate CDMA networks (which is where they all seem to be, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Belarus, etc).

    Having said that, 3G/UMTS is a Wideband CDMA technology licensed by Qualcomm.
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