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HTC with China Mobile to develop Smartphones ‘Ophones’

25 August 2009 No Comment

technology.am (Aug. 25, 2009) — Taiwan’s High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) with China Mobile Ltd., the world’s largest mobile carrier, plans to jointly develop 3G smartphones in china.

1htc-3_1China Mobile has called its smartphones OPhone, an attempt to compete with Apple Inc.’s hugely popular iPhone.

These smartphones are based on China Mobile’s home-grown TD-SCDMA 3G technology.

HTC will design and develop the models, while China Mobile will provide customer service and support.

The China Mobile will invest $6.9 million in the joint project and aims to deploy approximately 60,000 base stations across 238 cities. The company expects to develop at least seven models by 2010.

China Mobile, the country’s largest telecom operator, is investing heavily to expand its 3G TD-SCDMA network footprint in order to achieve the 80 million subscriber target by 2011.

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