What is the difference between a PCS and a "regular" cell phone?

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    Sep 27, 2011 8:35 PM GMT
    I see the ads but the only difference I can see is the price.
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    Sep 27, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    Technically, the band (frequency, radio wave, whatever you want to call it) it uses to communicate to the towers. PCS is a 1900mHz band, that almost every large carrier in north america, and most in latin and south america have used at one point in time or another. yes, i'm a geek about this. it is my job.
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    Sep 27, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
    PCS = Piece Of Shit...misspelled, of course.
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    Sep 27, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidPCS = Piece Of Shit...misspelled, of course.


    yea what he said ^^^^
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    Sep 28, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    PCS is/was a marketing buzzword that was created back when Sprint started offering digital cell phone service back in the early 90's. Same when GSM started to hit the mainstream hear in the states. Like standstrong stated previously, these new digital cell phone services operated in the 1900mhz spectrum. And wow, service was really bad at first. Hardly any towers. And the higher the frequency, the more vulnerable the signal is to interference. So I always had to go outside to make a phone call. Ugh.

    But thankfully through various acquisitions and mergers over the years, the original PCS providers were able to offer service on the regular cell phone frequencies. I think I still have my old Motorola Vader. That was a single band 1900mhz phone.