Big step forward for mobile LBS

Found out about the new Qualcomm 6125 chipset a few weeks ago, and here’s the announcement.

This is big news, since it means Sprint and Verizon’s mass market cell phones will support high-accuracy GPS location fixes. Rule of thumb currently for CDMA handsets is that if a phone supports multimedia, it also supports high-accuracy location. But multimedia phones are expensive phones.

The 6125 may well represent a tipping point for the US LBS industry. And won’t be too long before all new Sprint and Verizon chipsets support GPS, could even happen by end of 2006.

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