No TD-SCDMA Windows Phones until Apollo? China Mobile wants deeper UI customization on WP8
Well, this is interesting. Although China Mobile will launch Nokia-made Windows Phones in the near future, they may not have TD-SCDMA connectivity on board. That’s pretty important, because TD-SCDMA is China Mobile’s particular (and unique) flavor of 3G.
The first Windows Phones to support TD-SCDMA will only arrive at the end of this year, and they’ll run Windows Phone 8 (so far codenamed Apollo), the next ‘big’ release of Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Apparently, China Mobile will be able to apply some in-depth customizations to the WP8 UI, ones that we gather it hasn’t been able to pull off on Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh (Tango), the new (as of now) version of WP that’s going to get officially unveiled in China tomorrow.
So this could mean that Nokia’s first Windows Phones on China Mobile will be limited to 2G mobile internet connectivity. That could be a pretty big blow to Nokia’s plans of hugely increasing its Windows Phone sales through launches in China on all the big carriers over there, since China Mobile is the biggest of them all (with more than 650 million subscribers).
Keep in mind though that all of the above comes from a machine translated version of an article over at WPDang. And Google Translate was certainly not at its best with this one. So things may have gotten jumbled in the process.
As for Nokia’s big March 28 Lumia launch in China, it looks like China Telecom (the country’s No.3 carrier) will be the Finnish company’s main partner. We’ve already heard rumblings about the Lumia 800C and Lumia 719C multiple times now, and they’ll both be released by China Telecom next week.