China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G
Steve Jobs was right?
China Mobile now has 15 million iPhone users on its network, despite its customers being limited to 2G connections and the handset only having been on sale since August last year.
Not that the Chinese waited for the official release: more than seven million of them had already imported iPhones despite the lack of official support, and the fact that they were limited to 2G connectivity. But these days China Unicom and China Telecom both have 3G networks compatible with Apple's Jesus mobe, which makes it all the more remarkable that a million people a month are registering iPhones on China Mobile's network as Sina Tech reports.
Not that Steve Jobs would be surprised. When the iPhone was launched he was adamant that 3G was unnecessary, that network subsidies weren’t required and that no one wanted to download native applications. Apple conceded on network subsidies first, then native applications, and finally added 3G connectivity, but it seems the ubiquity of Wi-Fi might yet prove Jobs right.
China Mobile has repeatedly asked Apple for a variant iPhone compatible with its 3G network, which uses the home-grown TD-SCDMA "standard", but Cupertino hates making custom modifications and only recently acknowledged alternative-3G-standard CDMA (with the iPhone 4S), and then only at frequencies used in the US.
That problem should disappear with 4G. Even Apple will have to support the TDD variant being deployed by China Mobile, as it's also being deployed across Europe and in the USA, but with a million new iPhones are connecting every month there seems little reason for China Mobile to worry about being compatible. ®
Re: Battery problem
The obvious answer is that, over time, chips get smaller (and/or integrated) and use less power.
Re: Battery problem
You're explanation shows you don't understand about generations of chipsets. Waiting for the next generation of 3G chipsets allowed them to use ones that are more power efficient. Similar to 4G today. Android owners get about 5 hours of 4G use today before their battery dies. The next generation 4G chipset will be smaller and more power efficient and will no doubt make it into the next iPhone.
But the real indicator that you are some sort of juvenile with personal issues is how you spelled iPhone. Did you think that was clever? I assume you spell Obama as "Nobama" because that also makes you sound so damn clever.
I could be wrong, but didn't Steve Jobs say the earlier iPhones didn't have 3G because it consumed more power and the batteries at that time were depleted too quickly? 3G was added when the battery performance improved.