toggle

AAPL Stock: 125.2 ( + 0.67 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

China Unicom continues push for Wi-Fi iPhone

updated 09:50 am EST, Wed March 3, 2010

Local restrictions hamper progress

China Unicom is in talks with Apple regarding a Wi-Fi-capable iPhone, according to the carrier's CEO, Chang Xiaobing. "I know that in the market there is hope we will offer an iPhone with Wi-Fi," Xiaobing recently remarked outside an event in Beijing. "We have been holding talks with Apple in this area." Foxconn is already rumored to be working on a China-specific iPhone with Wi-Fi.

Although the iPhone has been on sale in China since October 30th, sales have been limited relative to the size of the country's population. Some of the blame is thought to lay with the lack of Wi-Fi support in current Chinese models, a function of the communist government's demand for the WAPI security protocol on any Wi-Fi-equipped cellphone. While this can in theory be added, it would require changes that Apple has so far been hesitant to make.

IDG News notes that Unicom sales are also being crippled by the separate status of Hong Kong, which does not require WAPI and sells Wi-Fi-ready iPhones -- through different carriers -- for substantially less than in the rest of China. Whereas a contract-free 32GB iPhone 3GS costs roughly $1,024 in a city like Beijing, the same combination is only $800 in Hong Kong. Better deals can also be had through the Chinese gray market, which sells a variety of foreign iPhones.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook

toggle

Most Popular

Advertisement

Recent Reviews

Prong PWR Case

Ultimately there's one thing we all want from smartphone accessories; we want options. When it comes to keeping our iPhone charged, w ...

iHome iBT74 Color Changing Bluetooth Speaker

There's no reason why your tech can't look good while doing what it was designed to do. That's the reason that sports cars look goo ...

Logitech Gaming Daedalus Prime Mouse

Logitech Gaming continues to expand upon its peripherals line, with each one looking to fit neatly into a breadth of gaming needs. Bui ...

toggle

Most Commented