March 19, 2010: Thanks to dirt cheap prepaid (no contract) calling plans, and low average revenue per user (ARPU), India’s carriers have virtually no appetite (no margin room) to subsidize handsets. Now add in the fact that India’s networks had overwhelmingly relied on 2G, and have been far behind schedule in deploying 3G. This equation [...]
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Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad today at a special event in San Francisco. The new iPad defines Apple’s vision of “what’s next.” At just 1.5 lbs and with a 9.7 inch screen, iPad will take share from the hot netbook and e-book reader market. Yet iPad won’t stop there, it may also invade the game [...]
Today’s press release from Vtion Wireless Technology AG states that the company will provide “iPhone sales, user development and after-sales service support throughout Fujian Province.” Vtion Wireless is primarily involved in the sale of 3G laptop cards (a.k.a. wireless data cards) for personal computers. Vtion has a small retail presence through their shop-in-shop outlets; however, it [...]
If you search for #iPhone #China on Twitter, you’ll find hundreds of tweets reinforcing the falsehood that Apple (AAPL) has sold only 5 iPhones in China. This pathetic little number comes from articles reporting the first 2 weeks of iPhone sales on the new China Unicom iPhone portal on Taobao.com. Yes, only a handful the “official” [...]
Update – 09/16/09: According to a report on Sina.com, 3G mobile payment handsets (“wave-to-pay”) are now undergoing trials in Shanghai. No details yet on the hardware/software modifications necessary to activate wave-to-pay. Swipe-to-pay mobile payments are nothing new in Japan and Korea. iPhone’s authorized carrier in Japan, Softbank, has a “Felica seal” (sticker) that can be [...]