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China Mobile keen on iPad; Japanese line up for pre-orders

updated 11:25 am EDT, Wed May 12, 2010

Chinese carrier limited by local technology

China Mobile is interested in selling the iPad, says the CEO of the carrier, Wang Jianzhou. Reuters notes that the executive spoke today at an annual shareholder's meeting, where he also claimed that the company is talking with Apple about developing a TD-SCDMA-capable iPhone, presumably a fourth-generation model. TD-SCDMA is not used outside of China, however, and so a separate iPhone design with a different 3G chipset would be needed.

The same problem applies to the iPad 3G, which like the iPhone is based on the global HSPA 3G standard. China Mobile is, therefore, unlikely to sell either the iPhone or the iPad in the foreseeable future, unless it opts for Wi-Fi-only iPad models. China Unicom is a more probable candidate for new devices, as it is already selling an HSPA iPhone and still growing its market.

Japanese iPad buyers have meanwhile been spotted lining up outside of Apple Stores, even though they can only pre-order the tablet at the moment. It is common to have to show up in person for mobile pre-orders in the country, and so the lines may represent an accurate picture of local interest. The iPad is also being sold by Softbank, the region's exclusive carrier.

by MacNN Staff





  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Amazing scene to see how iPad takes off which will still puzzle Bill Gates wondering what's make it sell? The real question is: why it works on Apple but will not work on Windows based tablet?

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bill Gates' dream tablet was basically

    a notebook computer that had some use of touch through a stylus. But the regular application software was really no different from what was on a normal notebook. It weighed as much as a normal notebook and the battery life was about the same. It still had a desktop OS.

    The iPad is about as far from that idea as can be. Only the geeks complain about the iPad not being able to do enough. What is does do is 95% fine for the average consumer. It's relatively lightweight, simple to use, has a decent size display and has good battery life. I keep hearing people that said they weren't originally keen on the iPad changing their tune and saying that it does look like something they might find handy to use and are seriously considering buying one. Usually all it takes is them getting the chance to use one for a short amount of time.

    The stupidity of putting Windows desktop OS on a light tablet is totally obvious to anyone except Bill Gates and geeks.

    I'm not totally surprised that the Japanese are standing on line for iPad pre-orders because they'll stand on line for noodles, cookies, buns or croquettes. I think they're willing to stand on line for anything. If they see a line, they'll run and stand on it, not even knowing what it's for, just so they don't miss out. Disregard this line as representing anything unusual.

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