Here (below) is my comment to a recent AppleInsider post comment
long long ago, there was a post about China Unicom will be iphone’s carrier in China. it said that the model number of China Unicom iPhone is A1324 (A represents Apple), which can support GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCMDA in China. iPhone A1324 is specially designed for Chinese people with the original iPhone 3G prototype. the news comes from this link: http://www.iphonemofo.net/?p=703
iPhonAsia comment: The iPhone model number “A1324” was assigned by China’s NRSMIC as part of China’s handset licensure process. This model was likely submitted for testing in early March ’09. NOTE: Apple may have submitted more than one model.
As part of the approval process, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) requires that all handsets be tested by China’s Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL). Tests can take several months. In response to media inquiries, CTTL clarified that Apple’s iPhone (A1324) has received only one (1) of the two (2) required MIIT licenses:
- Issued (five-year model approval) – Radio Transmission Equipment Type Approval Certificate (RTETAC)
- Pending – Network Access License (NAL)
More background > http://iphonasia.com/?p=5586