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Samsung launches ultrafast HSUPA mobile phone

First phone with faster data-upload technology

Samsung Electronics has unveiled a mobile phone that supports faster upload speeds using HSUPA (high-speed uplink packet access) technology.

The Samsung SCH-M470 - Samsung's first HSUPA handset - is a slider-type mobile phone that can send data at up to 2 megabits per second (Mbps) when on an HSUPA network.

Conventional wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) offers upload and download speeds of around 384kbps, but cellular carriers are now deploying new technology to enable faster data transmission. The first enhancements to be added target the download rate, which is now 3.6Mbps or 7.2Mbps on some networks, using a technology called HSDPA, and now increasing the upload speed with HSUPA.

For consumers this adds up to less time spent waiting for pictures, video or music attachments on messages to be sent. As an example Samsung said using HSUPA means it takes just 30 seconds to send an average MP3 song file.

The Samsung phone also features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2Mp camera. It is available in South Korea only and costs about 600,000 won (around £300).

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