Samsung Electronics, the world’s third-largest maker of handsets, will supply Vodafone Group with new mobile phones that use Qualcomm’s modem chips, Samsung said on Wednesday.
The new phones will use high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) technology that allows subscribers to use multimedia services such as Internet access and video sharing at higher speed and lower costs, Samsung said in a statement.”Samsung is currently developing the first commercially available HSDPA phone to be launched exclusively for Vodafone,” the South Korean firm said.
To manufacture the phones, Samsung will buy Mobile Station Modem from U.S. wireless technology company Qualcomm.
Samsung did not provide financial details of the deal.
HSDPA is a next-step technology developed for use over networks based on wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) technology, the world’s most popular third-generation (3G) mobile standard.
It effectively turbocharges WCDMA networks, transferring data several times faster than existing capabilities, providing a critical boost for lucrative but data-intensive services such as music downloads and video streaming.
A major mobile phone provider for U.K.-based Vodafone, Samsung is currently discussing selling mobile phones to Vodafone K.K., the Japanese unit of Vodafone Group.
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