“The head of China Mobile has called on Apple to include Beijing’s home-grown standard for third-generation mobile services in the next generation of the iPhone, underscoring the growing pressures on the world’s largest mobile operator to attract 3G subscribers,” Kathrin Hille reports for The Financial Times. “The request comes amid fears that China Mobile risks falling behind rivals China Telecom and China Unicom – the only telecom operator in the country to have a distribution deal with Apple for the iPhone – in signing up subscribers.”
“Wang Jianzhou, China Mobile chairman and chief executive, said at the group’s annual results yesterday that ‘including TD-SCDMA is not that hard to do – RIM is doing it,'” Hille reports. “But he added that Apple had not yet responded to his proposal.”
MacDailyNews Take: For some reason, we imagine Jobs saying, “Remember our negotiations over iPhone, Wang? Yeah, the ones where you insisted on running your own App Store (chuckles) and you couldn’t come to terms no matter what. Think about them for a bit longer.”
Hille continues, “Telecom industry experts cautioned that Apple was unlikely to follow RIM very quickly. The inclusion of TD would require an additional chip, and that could be difficult to place in a device as slim as the iPhone… China Mobile is the only one of the three telecoms operators in China to use the country’s home-grown TD-SCDMA standard, putting it at a disadvantage to its two rivals which have more widely used technology. [iPhone carrier] China Unicom has a licence for 3G services using the 3GSM standard, the world’s most widespread, while China Telecom uses the WCDMA 3G standard used in North America.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This, plus Verizon in the U.S., are the nails in iPhone competitors’ coffins if Jobs decides to to go a-hammerin’.
[Attribution: The Register. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]