Feeds

China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G

Steve Jobs was right?

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

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. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.