North America-bound GSM Motorola Milestone A853 shows up

I’m not sure what exactly is going on here, but the Droid A855’s GSM cousin, the Motorola Milestone A853, has just appeared over at the Bluetooth SIG – and it seems to be destined for North America.

The Milestone A853 is already available in Brazil and, according to Motorola Brazil’s website, it features quad-band GSM and tri-band 850/1900/2100 3G connectivity – unlike the European Milestone, which has 900/1900/2100 3G. The 850/1900 3G bands make the Milestone A853 perfect for AT&T’s or Rogers’ networks.

AT&T has already announced that it would launch more Android phones from Motorola in the first half of 2010 (besides the BackFlip), so this could be it. Sure, there’s also the weird MOTOSPLIT, but this one is slated for a Q3 launch (hence not in the first half of the year).

Motorola Milestone Droid A853 GSM North America

Since it will probably lose iPhone exclusivity pretty soon, AT&T needs more high-end smartphones in its line-up, and the Milestone is certainly a device that can make customers happy. Of course, we can’t say that the handset will surely be launched by AT&T, but the above-mentioned details do hint at such a possibility. And let’s not forget that the Milestone was rumored to hit AT&T since it was known as Motorola Sholes.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • netborn

    Since December 12 the Milestone with 3G 850/1900/2100 is available in Argentina with the telco Personal (…), also you can found it unlocked in “Mercado Libre” (our ebay counterpart).

    Also if it will be launched in Brazil, pretty much wil be the European version since Brazil uses 900/2100 bands and not 850/1900 as Argentina or US.

  • Seidi Magori Jr

    Actually, Brazillians Mobile Operators require de 850Mhz and 2.100 MHz frequencies. That's why all 3G mobile devices must have both of them.

  • tomhuseby

    I can't find “Mercado Libre” on EBAY anywhere…

  • tomhuseby

    I guess here may be the $1000 question. If the A853 is sold both to Europe and to South America, and we know at least some of the phones in South America have to support 850/1900/2100 UTMS 3G so: Either they are shipping a different piece of hardware down there… OR they are simply using different radio baseband software. Now I'm of the opinion that Motorola isn't as short-sighted as HTC (as with the Goole Nexus One which doesn't have the PA's required to support 850/1900/2100 even though the radio does), but that they have indeed included support for both 850/1900/2100 and 900/2100 into the HW and are simply using different baseband HW. I wonder what would happen if took the baseband firmware from one of these phones from Argentina that supports 850/1900/2100 UTMS and flashed the European version of the Milestone that suppots 900/2100… What do you bet this would enable 850/1900/2100 on the European Milestone???

  • nightshadex101

    What netborn ment is that MercadoLibre is a site for Argentina like ebay is for the US.

  • nightshadex101

    What netborn ment is that MercadoLibre is a site for Argentina like ebay is for the US.