China Mobile’s refusal to bow down to Apple’s domineering ways, as far as bringing the iPhone 3G to market in China is concerned, has been well documented. Well, it looks like the situation with China Mobile and Apple is about to change, but not in the way that everyone has expected.
According a report from the Daiwa Institute of Research being cited by the South China Morning Post, Apple is prepping a 3G and Wi-Fi-less version of the iPhone for the Chinese market. Apple’s first generation iPhone did not have 3G when an estimated 400,000 users in China Mobile’s network purchased it, so that wouldn’t be a problem. However, the absence of Wi-Fi could be a deal breaker for some.
This is said to be due to China Mobile’s insistence that its users should only use its own proprietary TD-SCDMA network, instead of the standard 3G format that everyone else in the world is using.
Calvin Huang, a Daiwa analyst, said that Hon Hai Precision Industry is waiting for verification from the mainland before shipping these 3G and Wi-Fi-less iPhones. Suddenly, being Chinese and waiting for the iPhone doesn’t seem so exciting.
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