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COMPATIBILITY: China Mobile testing 3G Windows Mobile handset
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 26.11.07 - 14:59:30 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 16070x
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While the rest of world uses W-CDMA for 3G services, China decided to use TD-SCDMA for its 3G service with the general problem that not too many TD-SCDMA compatible handsets are available today. Anyway, China Mobile, China's largest mobile phone network operator, is testing dozens of handsets for the network, and one of the TD-SCDMA compatible handset is a Windows Mobile 6 handset, an executive at the operator said Monday.
China Mobile expects to finish building 3G networks in eight cities by the end of this year and at least 10 by the time the Summer Olympic Games open in Beijing next August.

Among the phones being tested is the S876 from Taiwan's Inventec Appliances (IAC), which may become the first 3G handset running Windows Mobile 6 to launch in China. While it's hard to definitively hand the crown to IAC, it was the only handset maker to offer details of a finished device at the GSM Association's Mobile Asia Congress in Macau earlier this month, Yahoo! News reported today.
According to Yahoo! News, the handset is a dual mode device, able to switch from 3G TD-SCDMA to GSM/GPRS and includes a 2.4" touchscreen, a 3 megapixel autofocus camera and micro SD card slot.

IAC's S876 will be available to Chinese users in the second quarter of 2008, said Steven Qin, an executive in charge of smartphones at IAC's Shanghai operations.

However, other handset makers, including Zhejiang Holley Communications (Holley Comm), have said they were working on Windows Mobile 6-based 3G handsets for China as well.

Cheers ~ Arne

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