Who the hell are Qualcomm? I seem to remember they made modems back in the 80's, but in global terms they're nowhere nowadays.
Re CDMA, sadly the US just loves to defy international standards and organisations, (Kyoto, ICC, UN, GSM) and adopt quaint inventions. GSM and 3GSM really are the future. If people complain about GSM coverage, well they're living in a country where carriers just haven't provided enough masts. Lack of capacity or bandwidth is not GSM's fault.
By the way, aside from outstanding call quality, battery life and synchronisation with my PC, I can watch music videos and TV news on my 3GSM fone. Meanwhile, in backward America I'm told people use things called pagers...
I could go on and on.