How do J2ME and GPRS relate? That is; does GPRS lessen...
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Posted By:   Anonymous
Posted On:   Thursday, January 4, 2001 02:15 AM

How do J2ME and GPRS relate? That is; does GPRS lessen the need for J2ME because it gives mobile devices constant but not intermittent network connection?

What is GPRS? How does it relate to J2ME?

Posted By:   Bill_Day  
Posted On:   Wednesday, October 31, 2001 10:26 PM

General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)
is a 2.5G cellular technology designed to be overlayed on top of existing infrastructure in 2G GSM cellular networks. Carriers will leverage all of their pre-existing infrastructure, though end user consumers will have to purchase (or in some cases, enable) GPRS-aware devices to take advantage of GPRS features.

GPRS provides an always-on, packet based data service enabling wireless bandwidth roughly equivalent to a 28.8-56kpbs dial-up modem connection, depending upon location and network conditions.

Many GPRS enabled handsets will also include J2ME implementations. As such, they will be important targets for J2ME developers.

The GSM Association provides an overview of GPRS technology at:


For an in depth look at GSM and GPRS technology, you might also read AnywhereYouGo's excellent "Introduction to GPRS".

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