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  • Chinese iPhone 3G Approved, Caught in the Wild?

    Apple has been struggling hard to bring iPhone into the Chinese market - but even after more than a years of trying, they've yet to achieve any solid success. Each round of negotiations have proven useless so far. According to a report by a Chinese news agency, the deal between China Unicom and Apple was confirmed and both signed a 3-year agreement. Though the spokesperson from China Unicom denied the fact, some new discoveries have been made to support the news. Sure, this is quite old news - but the new findings have strengthened the claim!

    The fine folks over at Engadget notes a listing approved by China's State Radio Regulatory Commission (Chinese equivalent of FCC), which points towards a GSM / WCDMA device featuring Bluetooth and an internal model number A1324 submitted by the applicant "Apple, Inc." approved on 7th May, 2009. The approval runs for 5 years, making it quite comfortable for the Chinese carrier and Apple to enjoy a 3-year exclusivity deal.

    On top of that, a Chinese blog has even posted some supposed pics of the Chinese iPhone in the wild! Noticeably, the picture with settings app opened shows no option for WiFi - strengthening the old claims of a WiFi-less iPhone for China. The images look pretty neat but of course CAN be fake - don't jump on to any conclusions until we get official word.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Chinese iPhone 3G Approved, Caught in the Wild? started by sayam View original post
    Comments 41 Comments
    1. A_DuB187's Avatar
      A_DuB187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sherm23 View Post
      I bet if they just removed the wifi antenna and some smart cat put one back in there, and if it runs cdma at the same radio stacks as verizon then VOILA. Where was i going with this run on sentence?!
      LOL Nice run-on there. The Chinese iPhone isn't going to work on Verison in the U.S. period.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      How many terrorist attacks does it take for the Chinese to care about wifi in a single phone? It's not like a terrorist can't still order one of our iPhones with wifi and unlock it anyway.
    1. Maknificent's Avatar
      Maknificent -
      @ Chris...Ordering requires importing and so on...if the Chinese iPhone had all that wouldn't that cut down time & cost?
    1. Deljonw's Avatar
      Deljonw -
    1. Large Professor's Avatar
      Large Professor -
      Damn, R.I.P. Meizu, we hardly knew thee
    1. daching's Avatar
      daching -
      It's a clone!

      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      How many terrorist attacks does it take for the Chinese to care about wifi in a single phone? It's not like a terrorist can't still order one of our iPhones with wifi and unlock it anyway.
      Yea, but there is almost no WiFi in China. Not in Holiday Inn, not in the major hotels, not anywhere. People in China still prefer LAN. Only a month ago did China Unicom introduce 3G.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      China is very very picky
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Oh my goodness, Asia, two years ago, four countries, my laptop didn't pick up wifi once.
    1. vinko's Avatar
      vinko -
      All, I think there are some misunderstanding with the mainland China version of the iPhone and what may have caused Apple to be willing to create a special version.

      I posted my opinions in details.

      Love to hear everyone's opinions in the form of comments on my post.
    1. zoolander369's Avatar
      zoolander369 -
      The back of that iPhone looks like wood painted black! Also, look at the rivets in the white letters!
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      It is great to know that Apple 3G finally entered in Chinese market. People in China will really enjoy it. I wish all the success for Apple.
    1. aqan's Avatar
      aqan -
      iPhone: Made in China... and now sold in china.. way to go.
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      I am very glad to know that Apple finally entered Chinese market. I wish that the 3 year agreement works down successfully with both parties. I believe people in China will enjoy operating iphone for guaranteed.
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aqan View Post
      iPhone: Made in China... and now sold in china.. way to go.
    1. denniswang44's Avatar
      denniswang44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      Not so sure about that.
      Communism... human rights is very little known.
      I get (fun fun) stories about it everyday -_-
      china is capitalism not communism lol
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      No. America is capitalism.
      China is communism.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by denniswang44 View Post
      china is capitalism not communism lol
      You actually confused me for a second and made me doubt myself. So I say thanks for that.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Why do any of us even care about the Wifi or Chinese iPhones? So what if they don't have Wifi, it's not like we'll have to deal with that problem.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      It makes a diference if Apple have to make a version of the iPhone without WiFi.
      How soon before we get questions 'why does the WiFi not work on the cheap iPhone I bought off eBay?'