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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "AWS"?

AWS, which stands for Advanced Wireless Services, generally refers to the 1700/2100MHz frequency band pairing in the U.S. that will be used for T-Mobile USA's 3G UMTS network. Unlike typical spectrum licenses sold by the U.S. government, such as the 1900MHz PCS spectrum bands, the AWS bands use different frequency ranges for cell towers than they do for handsets. The U.S. government has indicated that it intends to offer other paired AWS bands in the future, but none are currently in use.

Also known as: "Advanced Wireless Services"

See Also: 3G, UMTS

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