Chinese network launching own-brand smartphone


18 Nov 2010

A Chinese mobile operator has said it will bring out its own-brand smartphone in order to generate more business for its 3G data network.

China Unicom, or China United Netcom (Hong Kong) Ltd, the second-largest network in China, has announced it will launch the Uphone.

According to Reuters, it will be manufactured by Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corp.

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The company said it had no pricing plan in place yet, due to the fact the phone will only be released at year’s end.

China Unicom, a government-run telecommunications operator in the People’s Republic of China, is the only company authorised to sell the Apple iPhone 4 and had insufficient stock to meet user demand last September.