Earlier this week (June 24) Sony-Ericsson announced it would stop making CDMA phones for the North American market (Sprint PCS and Verizon Wireless provide CDMA/CMDA1xRT for a large part of the U.S.).
In April, Sprint PCS announced that it would soon sell the first Bluetooth-enabled phone for the CDMA/CDMA1xRT market: The Sony-Ericsson T608. So, what happens now? If no other CDMA phone manufacturer steps up to the plate to produce a Bluetooth enabled phone for the North American market, it means that a large number of customers will not be able to take advantage of using their Bluetooth-enabled PDA (Palm OS or Pocket PC based) with two of the largest carriers in this part of the world.
Verizon Wireless already sells the Samsung i700 Pocket PC Phone Edition (2002 based device). So, their customers at least have an option of purchasing an all-in-one voice/data product. However, as a Pocket PC Phone Edition user myself (GSM/GPRS variety), I still want and appreciate having the option of switching back to two separate devices (Bluetooth-enabled phone and Bluetooth-enabled Pocket PC 2003) for a best of breed combination.
So, at least for now, it looks like GSM/GPRS is the way to go in the U.S. if you want to have a Bluetooth-enabled phone provide wireless data service to a Bluetooth-enabled PDA.
What do you think about this?