NXP's new softmodem will be the fastest in the world and work with a range of data protocols, including LTE, WiMax, HSPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM. While the modem's over-the-top theoretical speeds will be sharply limited by available cellular networks, its network-promiscuity will allow for actual global phones that would be able to connect to fast data services almost anywhere in the world. Expect the hardware to start turning up in phone starting Q2 2009. [SlashPhones]
Oh, sure - global phones. If it were that easy, why haven't we had these from the beginning? And don't give me the excuse that carriers like to tie us into their networks and charge us ridiculous sums of money. That is malarkey. Carriers love their customers and would never do that.
Besides, I know for a fact that image is photo-shopped. The sky never looks that blue when there are big white wavelengths bouncing off of antennas.