The world's leading equipment manufacturers are now presenting their first WCDMA/UMTS handset models, with many of them featuring in-built cameras. Most models in this first wave of UMTS terminal designs are multi-band and multi-mode, allowing users to switch seamlessly between UMTS, GPRS and GSM services in different frequency bands as they travel around the world.

Today's mobile customers have already demonstrated a taste for "non-voice" and other new services. More than 24 billion text messages are sent every month [source: GSM Association September 2002], and now customers are embracing Mobile Multimedia Messaging (MMS), an evolution of text messaging that adds pictures and sound elements. UMTS will build on these first steps towards a mobile multimedia future, allowing operators to offer exciting new services to consumers as well as business users.