Feeds

China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G

Steve Jobs was right?

Intelligent flash storage arrays

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. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts
Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools
Kids need more fiber, says Wheeler, and you'll pay for it
NBN Co screws lid on FTTP coffin
Copper and HFC dominate in new corporate plan
prev story

Whitepapers

Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
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?
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.