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by Mike Zazaian October 16, 2006 - 1:23pm, 1 Comment

Broadband Cell Phones Coming From Vodaphone

European mobile communications leader Vodaphone will release a line of broadband-enabled cell phones this holiday season.

The phones’ broadband speeds will be achieved with a technology called High-Speed Downlink Packet Access, or HSDPA. A transfer rate of 1.8 megabits per second will be available to users with HSPDA-enabled phones when Vodaphone’s new lineup, which includes 10 new phones, launches in November. The higher transfer rates will allow users to access music, movies and any other online mobile functions at an unprecedented speed.

The current high-speed mobile standard 3G networks top out at speeds of about 384 kilobits per second, or about 48 kilobytes per second. As Vodaphone increases its HSPDA network it plans to achieve speeds as high as 14 megabits per second.

In addition to the cutting-edge HSPDA phones, Vodafone will release a number of 3G-enable phones, which will Vodaphone Live, a service that offers mobile video downloads. In addition, 14 phones will offer Vodaphone’s Radio DJ service, an iTunes music-download equivalent for Vodaphone users.

[via cnet]