Juergen Cezanne - Ocean Township NJ,
Saurabha R. Tavildar - Jersey City NJ,
Bikram Reddy Anreddy - Bridgewater NJ,
Xinzhou Wu - Monmouth Junction NJ,
Rajiv Laroia - Far Hills NJ,
QUALCOMM Incorporated - San Diego CA
A communications device, e. g. , a mobile wireless terminal, includes a plurality of antennas having different associated polarization directions. The plurality of antennas includes an electrical antenna, e. g. , a dipole antenna and a magnetic antenna, e. g. , a loop antenna or a slot antenna. In one embodiment the electrical antenna is used for receiving and/or transmitting signals associated with a vertical polarization direction, while the magnetic antenna is used for receiving and/or transmitting signals associated with a horizontal polarization direction. In some embodiments different data streams are communicated concurrently via the electrical and magnetic antennas. Methods for operating the communications device to switch between the electrical and magnetic antennas and/or to control reception and/or transmission are described. The novel antenna configuration facilitates the use of the horizontal polarization direction communications between the communications device and a base station without the need for directionally azimuth positioning the magnetic antenna.