Unlicensed Mobile Access 101


Uma_serviceUnlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) is gearing up to be the "next big thing" in wireless communications. It’s the ‘Reese’s Peanut Butter cup’ of the mobile phone industry. You know: "You got your WiFi in my cell phone; you got your cell phone is my WiFi". Actually, maybe you don’t know what UMA is: UMA phones are WiFi-enabled cellular phones that are essentially smart enough to use a cellular network when they have to, but they seamlessly switch your call to a WiFi network when they can. The transparent network switch allows for lower costs and potentially more coverage, depending on the WiFi mesh during your travels.

Mobile Crunch has a detailed primer, with plenty of techie terms and diagrams; probably worth a read now that you have the bare-bones basics.


Steve Shaw

Great analogy, in fact that was going to be the first marketing campaign for Kineto. In all honesty, we have bantered the chocolate/peanut butter analogy around.

Ah ha: if we could just get an LG Chocolate phone with UMA!

Check out the new UMAToday.com web site. UMA is growing from a technology to a market.


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