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February 13, 2006 at 8:21 AM

Three what?

BARCELONA, Spain — One thing that sticks out to you when you attend an event like this is the gibberish.

For starters take 3G, which stands for “third generation” cellular technology. In the U.S., the term is hardly advertised, but it is the technology that powers Verizon Wireless’ VCast video service, Sprint Nextel’s full-track music download service and other broadband hogs. To be technical, there are other ways to put it: WCDMA, UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA, EV-DO and probably more abbreviations of high-speed cell technology. Don’t worry, the terms these abbreviations stand for are hardly more illumniating..

If this alphabet soup gets you down, there’s help. Check out the 3GSM World Congress acronym Web site. It is for the geek impaired:

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