All-net­work smart­phones change mo­bile tech game

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

to sup­port the main­stream tech­nolo­gies, in­di­cat­ing that there is no need to in­clude the CDMA mode, which is backed by China Tele­com.

Also, China Mo­bile, the world’s largest tele­com car­rier by sub­scribers, said in its ad­ver­tise­ments for dual-SIM­card con­tract smart­phones that con­sumers can use only China Mo­bile’s 4G net­work when one of the two SIM cards is China Mo­bile’s.

There is not such a re­quire­ment for China Uni­com and China Tele­com’s con­tract phones.

Fu Liang, an in­de­pen­dent an­a­lyst, said, “China Mo­bile is try­ing to safe­guard its dom­i­nant po­si­tion in the sec­tor, but China Uni­com and China Tele­com are of­fer­ing data packs at far lower costs, which will sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease their pop­u­lar­ity.”

As of May, China Mo­bile had 863 mil­lion sub­scribers, in­clud­ing 583 mil­lion 4G users. China Tele­com and China Uni­com had 147 mil­lion and 133 mil­lion 4G sub­scribers re­spec­tively.

Yang Yafei, a stu­dent of the Univer­sity of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions, uses China Uni­com’s mo­bile ser­vices. He said, “I pre­fer multi-SIM de­vices. They are very con­ve­nient. I don’t think China Mo­bile’s ef­forts to limit the choice of tele­com car­ri­ers within a dual-SIM hand­set will pay off. Af­ter all, we are free to choose what­ever tele­com ser­vices we like.”

SI WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY

A China Mo­bile staff mem­ber in Ganyu, Jiangsu prov­ince, helps a client with 4G ser­vice.

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