Kiwi Polemicist

April 12, 2009

• How Nokia tests their phones for durability

Filed under: Various news items that interest me — Tags: , , , , , , — Kiwi Polemicist @ 10:15 am

The BBC has an interesting article with video showing the durability testing that Nokia does on their cellular phones.

I prefer Nokia phones for their quality and ease of use, but I have found that their low-end CDMA (Telecom/027) phones of recent years have inferior quality: I understand (but cannot confirm) that these are no longer made by Nokia because CDMA is a small and dying standard. GSM (Vodafone/021) is the dominant standard by a huge margin.

(CDMA and GSM are the standards which are used to simultaneously carry multiple phone calls on a single radio frequency)




  1. A couple of years ago quite a few manufactures were outsourcing their cheaper models to Chinese firms. Nokia and Alcatel were two that I was aware of, there will have been more. These tended to be phones for special markets, like the market that wanted the cheapest possible phone and we prepared to buy them in lots of 500.

    I believe that only Samsung and Sanyo are the only people still making new CDMA handsets, all the rest you see were made some time ago.

    CDMA (its name is really CDMA2000) and GSM are in the process of being replaced by UMTS (In its 3 versions for NZ of UMTS850(Telecom), UMTS900 (Vodaphone) and UMTS 2100 (Vodaphone & Telecom)).


    Comment by Sb — April 12, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    • Sb: thank you for the information. Am I mistaken or does NZ currently use 1800 MHz for GSM?

      Comment by Kiwi Polemicist — April 12, 2009 @ 4:51 pm

  2. 1800 is primarily used in Europe after the 900 Band filled up – it was originally known as the PCS (Personal Communications Services) Band. Original users were people like O2 in the UK.

    I am aware that Vodaphone runs a private EDGE for somebody but I don’t know its frequency. I could find out if you are really interested.
    I have a faint memory that the network is for the trucking industry but that could be wrong.

    The major players all have frequency rights in that band and the 2100 band.


    Comment by Sb — April 12, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

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