Chinese iPhone May Come Without Wi-Fi
Published on: 13th Jul 2009
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
Apple is slowly inching towards launching its iPhone handset in the Chinese market after reportedly agreeing to disable the Wi Fi capability within the phone. However the move could lead to an increase in the already substantial grey imports market which is believed to have resulted in some two million iPhones being sold within China.
While disabling the Wi-Fi via software fixes would be the cheaper option, it
would be very swiftly bypassed by hackers, so Apple will almost certainly have
to make design a specific variant of the hardware for the Chinese market. The decision to disable the Wi-Fi functionality is thought to be due to government concerns about controlling internet access.
Last September, the Daiwa Institute of Research had said that it expected that both the 3G and Wi-Fi services would be disabled on the Chinese iPhone. At the time though, China Mobile was expected to sign the iPhone reseller rights and switching the phone to work on its TD-SCDMA network could have proven problematic.