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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 "FRAND"?

FRAND is a legal term that stands for "Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory" and is typically used to describe patent licensing terms. It is normal for companies to have to agree to licensing a patent in FRAND terms before it will be accepted to become part of a standards body approved technical standard. Such would be the case for the use of Qualcomm's WCDMA patents that make up part of the UMTS standard put together by the 3GPP that is used in most phones today.

See Also: WCDMA, UMTS, 3GPP, Qualcomm

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