Third Generation - The third generation wireless service provides high data speeds, always-on data access and greater voice capacity. The high data speeds enable full motion video, high-speed internet access and video-conferencing, and are measured in Mbps. 3G technology standards include UMTS, based on WCDMA technology (quite often the two terms are used interchangeably) and CDMA2000, which is the evolution of the earlier CDMA 2G technology. UMTS standard is generally preferred by countries that use GSM network. The data transmission rates range from 144 kbps to more than 2 mbps.
Third-Generation Partnership Project - An organization focused on GSM network standards. Also referred to as 3GPP.
Third-Generation Partnership Project 2 - An organization focused on CDMA network standards. Also referred to as 3GPP2.