Tonton: as you will read below, you might not actually have a GSM phone.
Originally Posted by Slewis
Welcome, you just made a very stupid comment and here's why:
GSM is used by most of the world, now quick equation.
The only complaints I heard was about Japan where 3G is non existent
I know this argument comes from a lot of people, but it's a bad one. GSM is on the way out, for one, since 3G replacements are starting to take root. And let's face it, there aren't going to be a lot of iPhone sales in the developing world. For two, it's not really a big deal to throw in different radios into a solitary product line, such as the iPhone.
The iPhone is GSM because Apple wanted to release with Cingular, now AT&T. And that's the end of the story.
In a short time, you can expect that there will be 3G iPhones for W-CDMA/HSDPA and CDMA2000/EVDO networks. Probably Sprint first in the US, since they are much more open to letting manufacturers dictate the feature set than is Verizon. NTT in Japan and the major European carriers will get one using W-CDMA/HSDPA.
I like the previous paragraph because it indicates just how dead GSM really is. As an air-to-air interface, CDMA won. The only reason why there are major networks in the USA that run GSM/GPRS/EDGE is because there are FCC regulatory barricades preventing the rather large channel allocation demanded by W-CDMA. Eventually, these barricades will either fall, or CDMA2000/EVDO will take over the networks not currently using it. Either way, more people will get 3+ Mbps data.
(And by the way, Japan has the nicest 3G network in the world. It's smaller than Sprint's, but it is a little faster.)