Senior officials from Apple Inc had begun negotiations with China Unicom in Beijing, a source close to both sides told Netease on Monday night, noting that the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS will be introduced to China at the same time.
Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of iPod & iPhone Product Marketing and the head of the negotiation team to had met Li Gang, vice president of China Unicom to finalize the co-op mode and related details, Netease cited the source without giving the name.
There is no further announcement except that China Unicom will introduce iPhone 3G & 3GS to China at the same time, the source said.
Apple Inc released iPhone 3G in June 2008 and iPhone 3GS a year later. The iPhone 3GS has 16GB and32GB model while iPhone 3G has 8GB and 16 GB.
iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet as it is on average up to twice as fast as iPhone 3G, apple said in a statement in June, adding that S stands for Speed.
Both iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS could fall under the Unicom WCDMA standard, the source told Netease.
China Unicom runs a GSM/UMTS 3G mobile network using the same signaling technology at AT&T in the U.S. and most other carriers worldwide. Existing iPhone models are already compatible with China Unicom's network, though WCDMA is a third-generation GSM technology.
The Chinese models are a little bit different from the ones abroad, the source said. The model of Chinese iPhone 3GS is A1325 and that of iPhone 3G is A1324.
The Chinese iPhones are the same in outlook and weight as the ones available in other countries , without Wi-Fi, though. More mobile services will be built in after China Mobile formally release them, according to the source.
The model of Apple's iPhone 3GS released in June is A1303, while the models of iPhone 3G and iPhone are A1241 and A1203.
According to the listing posted on China's State Radio Regulatory Commission (SRRC) website (http://www.srrc.org.cn), Apple has been approved of GSM / WCDMA cellphone complete with Bluetooth with an internal model number A1324 on May 7th, 2009. The statement says that the certificate expires in five years.
The A1324, according to the source, will be the Chinese iPhone 3G.
However, there is no approval statement of Apples A1325 in SRRC's website. When searching Apple Inc in the website, the reporter found that the latest announcement is the approval of Apple's A1324 with the standard code of 2009-1996.