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china-iphone-300x2081WAPI + WiFi on 2nd new iPhone for China?

Here’s another interesting story from the iPhone in China rumor-front … China Business News has a post today quoting a Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision) source who claims that an iPhone (presumably Model A1324) without WiFi will be ready by September.

wifi-music-store-header1But wait, there’s more! … The same Foxconn source whispers that another special iPhone model for China is under development. This second model iPhone for China is a WiFi/WLAN Authentication and Privacy Infrastructure (WAPI)-capable prototype (presumably Model A1325), which may be ready for mass production by late 2009. Note: Model A1325 will support bandwidth 2400 – 2483.5 MHz (see image below). This band is currently used for a variety of technologies today, including Bluetooth, cordless phones, and 802.11 (WiFi).

Second source: In an August 3rd post, Marbridge Consulting cites an anonymous source with China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) who reveals that “Apple has sent a China-targeted version of its iPhone to Chinese testing authorities for testing, and has tasked its engineers with finding a way to implement a WAPI module in the iPhone.”

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Image from - Ministry of National Radio Authority http://www.srrc.org.cn/

There you have it! We may have two iPhones specially built for China … one with WAPI/WiFi and one without (Read also prior rumor over two iPhones for China > HERE). If this rumor proves true, the loudest “what! no WiFi?” critics will have to find another reason to dis iPhone. For those who have an interest, I discussed the “no-WiFi” matter with Ken Ray on the August 15 Mac OS Ken podcast > HERE

Picture-2The CBN post claims that the second special iPhone for China (Model A1325 - dual WAPI/WiFi*) was submitted in July to China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) for the mandatory network licensing tests. This process can take weeks or months, depending on the test results and the disposition of China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The first iPhone for China (model A1324 without WiFi) was reportedly sent in to the CTTL for testing in April. This model received its Radio Transmission Equipment Certificate (RTEC) in May, but is still pending the all important network access license (NAL). Interfax TMT reported on August 20, that the first iPhone (A1324) “will soon be awarded its NAL.”

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A1324 - Radio Transmission Equipment Certificate (RTEC) May 7, 2009

More background … As previously reported on iPhonAsia, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) recently (May 2009) modified their “no WiFi” policy for mobile phones. The new policy will allow WiFi, but only if the handset also includes WAPI, China’s home-grown standard. China has much national pride invested in the development of WAPI and it’s no surprise that authorities are mandating its inclusion. The development of a WAPI/WiFi iPhone (presumably Model A1325) would be a blow to grey-market importers who were counting on the “official” iPhone for China with WiFi disabled, thereby ensuring a strong ongoing demand for unlocked and hacked (loaded w China apps) iPhone 3GS smuggled into China from Hong Kong, New Zealand and Italy.

* More background about WiFi/WAPI on iPhone in China:

  • http://iphonasia.com/?p=4609
  • http://iphonasia.com/?p=4431
  • http://iphonasia.com/?p=5728

  • 4 Responses to “Foxconn Source: Two iPhones for China – one with WiFi and one without?”

    1. [...] in China reports that a special iPhone for China (Model A1324?) received its network access license (NAL) today (August 28, [...]

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    3. [...] jetzt mit WAPI Laut iPhone Asia gibt es jetzt doch die Option “Wifi” für das iPhone für den chinesischen Markt. [...]

    4. Tim Nash says:

      Another reason for delay of the China iPhones is production capacity. In the past weeks carriers in Australia, Ireland and Canada have reported being out of stock and AT&T has a 14 day delivery period. Since iPhones for these markets generate more revenue, Apple is likely to hold back the launch until its current partners are satisfied.

      If the sales price of any iPhone for China Mobile is less than the iPod Touch, the launch will also fall behind any refresh of that range. More is included in my article http://lowendmac.com/nash/09tn/year-of-the-ipod-touch.html

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