EXCERPT: So when three local employees of the Financial Times Beijing bureau won the chance to join a large-scale TD-SCDMA consumer service trial last week, we seized the chance to put the nascent network and some locally produced handsets through their paces. All three were keen to become early adopters of the latest 3G wireless technology and to try out long-discussed services such as high-speed internet access, videophone calls and mobile TV broadcasts of the action at Beijing’s glittering new Olympic stadia.
iPhonAsia Comment: There have been a number of signs pointing to Apple and China Mobile collaborating on development of a TD iPhone 3G – a special production run of iPhone 3G with a chipset supporting TD-SCDMA and CMMB (mobile TV). Based on less than Olympic standard performance of the TD network thus far, it is a decent bet that Apple and China Mobile will ensure that a TD iPhone 3G will support not only TD-SCDMA, but also China Mobile’s current EDGE 2.5 network. This backward compatibility will ensure that calls can be transitioned over to the 2.5 G network should problems persist with TD-SCDMA.