Users sitting in Western Europe rarely hear about CDMA handsets, and consider them “a dying breed” limited to the USA.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth – the CDMA Development Group has just stated that there are now more than 500 million people using CDMA-based handsets:
COSTA MESA, CA — September 14, 2009 — The CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced that the CDMA subscriber base has surpassed half a billion users worldwide. At the end of the second quarter of 2009, there were 502 million people using the CDMA family of technologies (including cdmaOne™), with 494 million CDMA2000® subscribers and 128 million EV-DO broadband users.
“The CDG is proud to announce that CDMA is now used by over 500 million people,” said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. “We congratulate our member companies on their successful efforts in creating a thriving CDMA community. We are particularly pleased to see growth accelerating in a number of areas.”
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Even though these numbers still pale when compared to GSM’s, the market definitely is there – if you make a good CDMA device, users are likely to come by in droves…