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All multimode modems are not created equal

4G LTE is growing fast, and 3G and 2G are widely pervasive. So what does this mean for a mobile user who wants to be always connected? It looks really simple - all you need is a mobile device with a multimode modem that supports 3 cellular generations of technology, a.k.a. modes, and you’re good to go.

But it isn’t always as simple as it looks, because all multimode modems aren’t created equal. The diversity of modes under each generation of technology – TDD/FDD for 4G LTE, HSPA+/1x/EV-DO/TD-SCDMA for 3G and GSM/EDGE for 2G – and the associated handoffs possible across different modes for voice and data make multimode modems an extremely complex piece of technology.

So how do you know which multimode modem is better? The video below explains how support for a greater number of modes (5 versus 3) can allow users, especially in China, seamless access to the best available network using a single device powered by Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors.

Qualcomm has already commercialized 4 generations of multimode LTE modems since 2010 and has integrated multimode modems into all tiers of the latest Snapdragon processors (810/615/410/210). Furthermore, our multimode modems are unique in their comprehensive support all 7 major cellular modes used worldwide, so if you’re on the hunt for your next smartphone, make sure you pick a device that is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon.