The Apple iPhone handsets set to be released by China Mobile in the mainland market may not be exactly the same as those used in the rest of the world. They may lack 3G and Wi-Fi network. This according to the South China Morning Post quoting the Daiwa Institute of research although there is no mention of it on the Daiwa site.
The features will be removed because those functions have not yet been approved by regulators in Beijing.
Daiwa analyst Calvin Huang was quoted as saying Taiwan Hon Hai Precision Industry, which makes the iPhone, was waiting for confirmation from the government to ship the iPhone with the 3G and Wi-Fi features disabled.
Though mainland 3G networks using China’s TD-SCDMA standard are up and running, the iPhone uses WCDMA technology, the standard in Europe.
What is interesting to consider is how the half a million or so iPhones which have been available on the black market to Chinese customers for over a year operate.
Source: South China Morning Post (subscription)