Taobao will launch the first 3G phone(0)
Sina science and technology today was informed of a customized version of Taobao CDMA network phones, according to sources within Taobao that this was the first 3G handset of Taobao.
Taobao had planned to work together with Lenovo to introduce GSM standard mobile phones Lenovo i61, but affected by Lenovo purchasing mobile services, original schedule for releasing information today would be deferred. According to internal sources from Taobao, while continuing cooperation with the Legend, Taobao will also recently launch the first CDMA standard 3G mobile phone.
These people did not disclose with which vendors the 3G mobile phone would work. At present in domestic market CDMA manufactures have more products mainly of Samsung, LG, Tianyu, Kupai, Hisense, Huawei and ZTE, etc., in addition, Nokia, Dopod, Motorola, Lenovo and other manufacturers have also launched CDMA mobile phones.
Insiders believe that, based on the premise of cooperation with Lenovo, Taobao was likely to continue with Lenovo for 3G mobile phone. Taobao did not comment on the matter currently.
According to previous rumors, Lenovo and Taobao postponed G-Net mobile phones would use the MediaTek MTK system platform. Mobile UC will integrate UC browser, mobile phone Taobao, mobile Alipay, mobile Wang Wang applications. It also includes bar code scanning search function, with the help of this application users can scan bar code and directly go to Taobao to search for the appropriate products.
3G means more porn(0)
China issued 3G (third generation) mobile network licenses to its three mobile carriers early this year, and the number of 3G users in China has slowly climbed since then. This year the country has also closed thousands of Web sites and arrested dozens in a campaign against online pornography that is increasingly shifting focus to mobile Web sites.
But Chinese owners of mobile porn Web sites have been able to evade authorities through technical tactics such as frequently switching domain names and IP (Internet Protocol) addresses. Counter-tactics being used by authorities include a blacklist to prevent pornographic Web sites from reappearing online and the design of content-filtering technology to help network operators themselves block obscene content, said officials.
China Mobile’s 3G coverage(0)
China Mobile uses the nation’s home-grown 3G mobile standard, TD-SCDMA, in its network and is the only company in the world rolling it out in a big way.
The TD-SCDMA network is progressing smoothly. By the end of this year, China Mobile will roll out 88,000 TD-SCDMA base stations in 238 cities, said Wang Jianzhou, chairman and CEO of China Mobile. The number of base stations will nearly double to 160,000 by 2011.
He expects 3 million subscribers for TD-SCDMA by the end of this year.
The subscriber projection means China Mobile will have to work hard to meet a government target for it to reach between 50 million and 80 million 3G subscribers by the end of 2010.
Wang blamed high prices for TD-SCDMA handsets for the lack of uptake in the national 3G standard.
The quality of TD-SCDMA technology has improved and there are a range of handsets, high-end, mid-end and soon there will be some low-end handsets priced at around 1000 Chinese yuan (US$147), he said.
Source : Konaxis
China Unicom IPhone 3G(0)
Unicom, China’s mobile operator with the second-largest subscribers base, will offer the Chinese version of the trendy smartphone which does not include Wi-Fi networking support, to its customers in eight service packages costing between 126 yuan (18.5 dollars) and 886 yuan a month, according to a statement on its website. These packages will include 450MB to 4GB of mobile data access, 120 to 880 SMS messages, 15 to 95 MMS messages, and between 320 to 3,000 minutes of talk time.
Unicom and US high-tech giant Apple announced last month a multi-year deal to offer the handset in the country, in a hope to attract high-end users to turn around weak performance in competition with rivals China Mobile and China Telecom.
In addition to the iPhone, Unicom will also introduce to China?s mobile market more than 80 different types of handsets next month, as part of the official start of the carrier’s third-generation wireless network on October 1, it added.
Third generation or 3G telecom services are based on technology that permits transmission of images and video at high speed.
For an unspecified duration, Unicom said it would subsidise the cost of the new mobile phones, including the iPhone, by up to 4,253 yuan, although it was not clear how much each handset would cost. Customers will have to buy at least 186 yuan in pre-paid calls and agree to a lock up period of two years.
China is one of the last major markets where the widely popular iPhone is officially not sold, though analysts say the country is the world’s biggest market for smuggled, “unlocked” and counterfeited iPhones.
China has an unmatched 710.5 million mobile users as of the end of August, according to government data.
China Unicom?s subscribers base was at 141.9 million by the end of August, while its bigger rival China Mobile had 503 million subscribers.
Source : Konaxis
Outline of mobile phone novel story is no more than 70 words(0)
Mobile phones are considered better than the net as the novel publishing platforms, but the Xiaoshi Qi, president of Wireless Shengda Literature said that the novels specifically created for the mobiles were few, so they used “one word costs a thousand” remuneration to collect novels ideas, which requires a high degree of conciseness, the story outline must be finished within a message (70 words).
According to Qi Xiaoshi, the final 30 story outlines will be elected, and PK in the mobile dream net. The final winners of the 5-10 story outlines can enjoy “one word costs a thousand” standard, and authors who finish the complete story according to the outlines will be shared profits generated. In addition they also invested 80 million yuan to build marketing platform to promote China’s first “mobile phone novelist.”
A few days ago, in Shanghai “3G commercial trial business conference” the Shanghai Unicom announced and demonstrated a wide range of 3G applications, and formed a “value alliance” with Ku6.com and many more companies for the cooperation of customer sharing, joint marketing, innovative products research and development, Internet business and so on.
It is reported that, in preparation for 3G strategy, Ku6.com started building co-operation platform with mobile video license partners, operators, terminal manufacturers and media, including Chinese radio and television station. In addition to co-operation with Shanghai Unicom, Ku6.com networked with carriers in a number of provinces to reach a cooperation.
According to Wang Hongguang, the senior vice president of wireless Ku6.com, disclosed, the Ku6.com is active in 3G license application to the relevant departments. Even though it is still awaiting for approval, Ku6.com has already been in good preparations to enter the 3G mobile video business.
Stiff competition, high 3G CAPEX(0)
“The introduction of 3G services (in China) will not give the telecom carriers a big boost, as global experiences show that 3G has not been very helpful in driving business growth,” said Wang Jinjin, a telecom industry analyst with UBS.
“The industrial restructuring, in which all of the country’s three telecom companies become full service operators, will only worsen the competition,” said Wang.
Early this year, the three carriers have been awarded their 3G licenses and all announced huge investment plans to build their networks.
China Mobile, the world’s biggest mobile phone operator in terms of subscription number, was assigned the license to deploy 3G networks based on TD-SCDMA, a homegrown 3G standard while China Telecom got one for the CDMA2000 standard, two widely adopted standards.
China Unicom, the country’s second biggest mobile carrier, on Sunday (May 17) launched its trial third-generation services in 55 cities based on the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access, or WCDMA technology and aims to expand the trial to a total 284 cities by the end of September, according to media reports.
China Unicom is the last of the country’s three major operators to launch the trial service, the report said.
China Mobile, one of the nation’s three leading mobile operators, is to allot 600 million yuan (88.24 million U.S. dollars) to support the research and development of terminal devices for TD-SCDMA, the domestically-developed 3G standard.
The newly-launched R&D project will focus on the development of a less expensive design of a flagship mobile phone model that supports broadband internet, and whose market price will be under 1,000 yuan, said the company.
3G services are relatively higher than the preceding technologies, which may also keep customers away. According to a survey by www.3g.cn, an industry website, 60 percent of its 15,155 respondents said the current pricing “was too high”.
One bright spot will be the equipment gear makers, including base station and cellphone manufacturers, analysts said.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the telecom regulator, had said earlier that China would spend 280 billion yuan on 3G networks in 2008 and 2009.
Foreign telecom equipment makers’ total share in China’s 3G market may fall below 50 percent, BDA China, a Beijing-based telecom research firm, predicted earlier.
“One thing is for sure: China Mobile’s dominant position is going to be weakened in the next two to three years,” said Chen Jinqiao, deputy chief engineer from China Academy of Telecommunication Research, which is under the MIIT.
“The rollout of 3G services will make China the only major economy where investment in the telecom sector is still growing. It will help Huawei and ZTE a lot,” Chen said.
Source : Konaxis
Baidu mobile search market(0)
Its full wireless services have been implanted into partners’ platforms and mobile phones.
Previously, the usually low-profile CTO Lee Yinan talked about Baidu’s wireless strategy in the mobile Internet meeting. Baidu currently is working with China Telecom, China Unicom and other telecommunications operators to discuss the in-depth cooperation agreements, and through cooperation, on one hand, Baidu wireless search will be implanted into operators’ customed mobile phones , on the other hand, Baidu wireless search moves into operaters’ customized services, to explore the applications of wireless search services in 3G era.
Baidu recently played a series of dazzling combination of boxing in the wireless area, which, industry experts believe that this indicates , the world’s largest Chinese Baidu search engine, has sounded the horn of the wireless search market in the post-3G era.
NTT DoCoMo To Expand In China’s 3G Market(0)
Yang Jian, assistant to president of UFIDA, says that the establishment of the joint venture is currently pending for a review and approval of the concerned departments which is expected to be done by the end of this year.
In February this year, UFIDA and NTT DoCoMo announced plans to set up a joint venture company to engage in the development of enterprise mobile service platform and application. It is learned that the joint venture, which is called Yong You Da Kang for the time being, will involve a total investment of US$13.42 million with NTT DoCoMo taking one third of the company’s stake. It will be an equally important backbone service for UFIDA along with the company’s management software service and be a strategic platform for NTT DoCoMo to expand enterprise mobile application service in China.
Source : Chinatechnews