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  • China Unicom Rolls Out Their Own Solution to 'Antennagate'



    As China Unicom prepares to introduce the iPhone 4 to the world's largest mobile population next month, officials in China are under no illusions about the handset's somewhat troubled past regarding the so-called "Death Grip" in places where the iPhone 4 is currently available and already in widespread use.

    As a result, the Chinese carrier announced that it will take special steps to address "Antennagate" in China when the device hits consumers in a matter of days. But it doesn't appear that China Unicom is thinking outside the box in terms of proposing a viable preemptive solution to curbing the dropped call phenomenon that delivered the worst PR black eye to Apple in the Cupertino-based company's long and storied history.

    When the iPhone 4 officially launches on September 16th, China Unicom is promising a "free gift" to come with the purchase of the popular device. Any guesses as to what it may be? If you speculated that it might be a free case, you would be right. Although it isn't yet clear if the "free gift" will be immediately included with the iPhone 4 at the point of purchase or shipped later, China Unicom isn't taking any chances with "Antennagate."

    The huge Chinese carrier likely wants a smooth arrival for the iPhone 4 and a positive consumer response to all things Apple, as China Unicom is expected to roll out the iPad not long after the iPhone 4 is released.

    Caixin
    This article was originally published in forum thread: China Unicom Rolls Out Their Own Solution to 'Antennagate' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. SeedlessOne's Avatar
      SeedlessOne -
      to bad im still waiting on my "free gift"
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      So that means a CDMA iPhone 4 is now on the market, right?
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      So that means a CDMA iPhone 4 is now on the market, right?
      still gsm
    1. jake61341's Avatar
      jake61341 -
      I got my 'free gift' last week. I like it a lot.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      So that means a CDMA iPhone 4 is now on the market, right?
      Not necessarily, China Unicom runs CDMA and GSM side by side...
    1. kadinh's Avatar
      kadinh -
      for being free, its not too shabby.
    1. evolasme's Avatar
      evolasme -
      Quote Originally Posted by SeedlessOne View Post
      to bad im still waiting on my "free gift"
      really? mine came a couple weeks ago.. im in germany and what was weird. I chose the case from Griffin which at the time i ordered said would take 6 to 8 weeks. so i was pretty shocked when it showed up so soon
    1. lerrysan's Avatar
      lerrysan -
      Why are people still talking about a CDMA iPhone. If you would of seen the keynote for the first iPhone when it was introduced, Steve said that he had mas a GMS iPhone and that that's the road he was taking..... JESUS... Get over it!!!!!
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      I'd rather pay for a gift, so you can get a refund if you're not satisfied :-D lmao
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lerrysan View Post
      Why are people still talking about a CDMA iPhone. If you would of seen the keynote for the first iPhone when it was introduced, Steve said that he had mas a GMS iPhone and that that's the road he was taking..... JESUS... Get over it!!!!!
      For reals yo!!! LOL...
    1. jmcgee_jr's Avatar
      jmcgee_jr -
      Quote Originally Posted by lerrysan View Post
      Why are people still talking about a CDMA iPhone. If you would of seen the keynote for the first iPhone when it was introduced, Steve said that he had mas a GMS iPhone and that that's the road he was taking..... JESUS... Get over it!!!!!
      Lerry,

      people still talk about it because...wait for it...people like choice, not everyone gets great service from ATT and not all people want to JB and run 2G on TMO. That's why.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      It is GSM not CDMA. You guys are confusing China Unicom, which is GSM with China Telecom, which is CDMA(also landline).

      Be realistic. If Verizon had that many iPhones on their network don't you think they'd be brought to their knees as well? Maybe not as bad as AT&T but it isn't some oasis of unlimited bandwith and guaranteed service everywhere with Rev. A speeds all the time. That much data usage on ANY network is crippling to a telecommunications company.
    1. havoc0351's Avatar
      havoc0351 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmcgee_jr View Post
      Lerry,

      people still talk about it because...wait for it...people like choice, not everyone gets great service from ATT and not all people want to JB and run 2G on TMO. That's why.
      I think what you mean is that people want another choice because you pretty much just listed their choices.
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolasme View Post
      really? mine came a couple weeks ago.. im in germany and what was weird. I chose the case from Griffin which at the time i ordered said would take 6 to 8 weeks. so i was pretty shocked when it showed up so soon
      Same here. I'm the US and got my Griffin case a couple weeks ago. In the original email from Apple it stated I would receive it at the beginning of September.
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      wouldn't surprise me if Apple moved everything to China
    1. brianlg's Avatar
      brianlg -
      I got my free bumper like a week after the app came out..
    1. foxmax's Avatar
      foxmax -
      I dont understand why verizon lovers are waiting for a cdma Iphone... get over it... GSM is the dominant market period and if you want the iphone so badly that you can take it anymore, then switch to ATT. Is not that hard when you really want something so bad and work hard for it... DUH!!!!!!
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by foxmax View Post
      I dont understand why verizon lovers are waiting for a cdma Iphone... get over it... GSM is the dominant market period and if you want the iphone so badly that you can take it anymore, then switch to ATT. Is not that hard when you really want something so bad and work hard for it... DUH!!!!!!
      Maybe they get cr@p service from AT&T where they live? Maybe they are the 2% AT&T do not cover?
    1. foxmax's Avatar
      foxmax -
      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      Maybe they get cr@p service from AT&T where they live? Maybe they are the 2% AT&T do not cover?
      Well thats to bad.....
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      The gawdDamnn bumpers /DON'T/ work. It wasn't until I updated to 4.0.1 that I saw substantial antenna issues. And now that I've received my free bumper. /NOTHINGS/ changed.

      The Incase smokey clear bumper case sure does make it look snazzy though. And offer a little protection at the same time.