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TechFaith's 'Twins' Cell Phone Sports WCDMA And GSM

Twins is intended for international travelers and for people who wish to have both a business and a personal number in one cell phone, the company said.

TechFaith Wireless Communication Technology, a Chinese original design manufacturer, on Monday launched what it claims to be the world's first cell phone to support two cellular technologies in one.

The TechFaith's "Twins" cell phone is for international travelers, and can be loaded with one WCDMA and one GSM SIM card.
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TechFaith focuses on research and development of feature phones, smartphones, and pocket PCs, as well as phone design, data cards and wireless modules, and application software. The company's new phone, called Twins, can be loaded with one Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) SIM card and one Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) SIM card, or dual GSM SIM cards.

Other features include a 2.0 megapixel camera, an MP3 and MPEG4 player, a WCDMA modem, video calling, and Bluetooth.

Twins is intended for international travelers and for people who wish to have both a business and a personal number in one cell phone, according to TechFaith.

WCDMA is a third-generation high-speed digital data service provided by cellular carriers that use the TDMA or GSM technology worldwide. Carriers that use the technology in the United States include AT&T and T-Mobile. GSM offers slower speeds than WCDMA, so the dual SIM card capabilities allow a person to use the best available network in the country they're traveling to.

"International travelers have been gouged by high roaming fees and poor coverage for years. We designed Twins to solve these problems in an affordable, attractively designed cell phone. We expect high demand for Twins," said Defu Dong, TechFaith's chairman and CEO, in a statement.

Twins will start shipping this November in Europe and Southeast Asia. In the U.S., the phone will only work where there is 1900 MHz coverage on a GSM system, said a TechFaith spokesman. This excludes Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, and other carriers that use a different cellular technology called Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA).

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