[China] China Unicom and China Mobile launch own-brand 3.5G smartphones competing with iPhones


China Unicom and China Mobile both have launched own-brand 3.5G handsets using chipset solutions from MediaTek, with prices set below CNY1,000 (US$156), or one-quarter the price of iPhone, according to industry sources.


In addition, the two China-based carriers also began to push Chinese-language app stores, aiming to grab the growing handset application market, the sources added.


The launches of own-brand 3.5G handsets will help China Unicom and China Mobile save a large of amount in subsidies the two companies have been spending for the promotion of iPhone, the sources indicated.


MediaTek began to ship its MT6573 3.5G chipset solution to China in August, and the company still targets to ship 10 million 3G smartphone solutions in 2011, according to the company.


Source: Digitimes