Samsung Electronics, the world's third-largest cell phone maker, has developed a handset that can switch between third-generation (3G) networks and today's existing networks without dropping calls.
The new model, named SCH-W120, is designed for the European 3G wideband-code division multiple access (W-CDMA), but it can smoothly cross over to Korea's CDMA 2000 network.
Samsung claimed the handset is the world's first W-CDMA phone with handover function and will help the emerging 3G technology gain ground here.
``The genuine W-CDMA era will dawn with the introduction of our dual-band-dual-mode handset, the SCH-W120, which will go on sale this week,'' a Samsung spokesman said.
The phone is also equipped with an MP3 player and a 1.3-megapixel camera, which can record video clips for an hour, in addition to W-CDMA features like video calls.
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