China Unicom to offer 3G service to compete with rivals

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China Unicom is finally set to launch the first official iPhone sales in the country this week. And with the biggest carrier in the world as their competition, as well as the 1 million gray-market iPhones already proliferating in China, the company is preparing for battle.

So how did they plan to do it?

Because unlocked iPhones and other high-end phones sold in China’s gray-market only use China Mobile’s 2G network (that uses GSM and GRPS standards), Apple’s official carrier in China for the iPhone will be offering China-developed 3G service to users of any handset that supports 3G, including those gray-market iPhones

I would like to stress out however, that despite China Unicom being the first to officially sell iPhone in China, its contract with Apple is not exclusive. Its main competition, China Mobile, has said last month that they are also in talks with Apple about distribution.

Another probable distributor of the iPhone in the country is Hon Hai Precision Industry (also known by the trade name Foxconn), a major contract manufacturer of Apple gadgets.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/pcworld/20091026/tc_pcworld/chinaunicomaimsforrivalsgraymarketiphoneusers

Apple releases iPhone OS update 3.1.2

Apple is really serious in keeping their position at the top of the smartphone arena and one way to do that is to make the iPhone’s software in as tip-top shape as possible.

Today, Apple released yet another update, the iPhone 3.1.2 which is they say is faster and better-looking than its not-so-old predecessor, the iPhone 3.1 released just a month ago.

This new update however, focuses in fixing the bugs that have been causing problems for the iPhone user. Bug fixes provided include that  of the problem where iPhones may not wake from sleep, the issue that could interefere with cellular network service and a fix for the bug that causes crashes for streaming video.

The update is available for all models of the iPhone (3GS, 3G, the original iPhone) and the iPod touch and is downloadable through iTunes.

Source: http://tech.yahoo.com/news/macworld/20091008/tc_macworld/applereleasesiphonesoftware312

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