20 Jul 2009 13:21

China Mobile to release 18 3G handsets that run on self-developed OS in Q4

Beijing. July 20. INTERFAX-CHINA - China Mobile is working with 10 handset manufacturers to launch 18 3G handset models that run on its self-developed operating system, OMS (Open Mobile System), in the fourth quarter of this year, a China Mobile employee told Interfax on July 17.

The 10 manufacturers are Lenovo Mobile, Dell Inc., HTC Corp., Samsung, Motorola Inc., LG Electronics, Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd, ZTE Corp., Hisense Mobile Communications Technology Co. Ltd. and TCL Mobile Communications Co. Ltd., a representative from the customized terminal section of China Mobile's marketing department, who wished to remain anonymous, said

The handset models will be based on China's homegrown TD-SCDMA standard and will be equipped with customized China Mobile functions, including access to China Mobile's exclusive mobile music service, its Fetion mobile instant messaging service, 139 mobile mail, China Mobile's application store Mobile Market and GPS technology.

"We first entered OMS discussions with handset manufacturers in November 2007, and initiated research and development activities in early 2008. We put a lot of energy towards development, and all manufacturers will receive subsidies. We are happy to announce that Dell, the American PC manufacturer, will be involved in the launch of its handset," the source said