iPhonAsia comment: Nokia holds a dominant yet tenuous 40% share of China’s wireless handset market. No doubt they are grateful
to China Mobile. And Nokia thought with all of the talk about China Mobile’s TDD-LTE4G plans, they could just let their TD-SCDMA handset promise slip past China Mobile. “After all, no matter what happens with TD-SCDMA, we’re partners, right?” Think again! All of the golf outings and wining, dining and wenching lavished on China Mobile courtesy of Nokia aren’t going to be enough to placate the world’s largest wireless carrier. Nokia has been dragged kicking and screaming into supporting TD-SCDMA. First they insult China Mobile by failing to pour more money into Commit, the now insolvent TD-SCDMA chipmaker. And now today they belatedly recommit to building a TD-SCDMA handset, but only after China Mobile executives make plans to visit Espoo, Finland to personally share their disappointment with Nokia.
via China Tech News “According to local Chinese media reports, the upper management of China’s leading telecommunications operator China Mobile will soon go to Finland to promote Nokia’s research and production of TD-SCDMA mobile phones…. China Mobile expresses strong dissatisfaction with the passive attitude of these international manufacturers. To deal with this situation, China Mobile has enlarged cooperation with domestic Chinese mobile phone manufacturers in its purchasing process while sending high level officers to communicate with these international brands’ overseas management.”
Shanghai. February 18. INTERFAX-CHINA – Nokia China’s plan to launch mobile phones that utilize China’s homegrown TD-SCDMA 3G standard before the end of 2009 will not be affected by a cost-saving program announced by Nokia’s headquarters, an employee from the company told Interfax on Feb. 18.
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