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LG crafts its first handsets for 3G global roaming

Chris Ziegler

LG came up big with its KU250 last year, a low-end 3G candybar that won the hearts and minds of the GSM Association's 3G for All campaign, and now they're at it again by winning the first phase of the consortium's "Horizon Phone" contest to foster interest in the relatively new 850MHz band and in global 3G roaming in general. Granted, triband WCDMA is by no means a novel concept, but it sorta is to LG; the manufacturer has yet to release a handset that's capable of roaming on 850, 1900, and 2100MHz UMTS bands for 3G access around the globe -- and that's exactly where the Horizon Phone-winning KM560 and KP330 come into play, theoretically keeping us attached to high-speed networks as we hop the pond. Specs are few and far between at this point, but we can expect the models first through the Horizon Phone initiative's judging carriers -- Telstra, Telenor, Rogers Wireless, Telefonica, Cable & Wireless, and Entel -- in the second half of the year, and later throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

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