Software giant Microsoft is going to get a significant boost in China in terms of the sales of its Windows Phone 7 devices in the country. The largest mobile operator in China has confirmed that it is ready to launch a Windows Phone 7 run handset that will be compatible with 3G network. iPhone is yet to get this feature in China.
This move is significant to both Microsoft and Nokia as China Mobile has more than 650 million subscribers, which is more than any other operator in the world. China Mobile will definitely increase the reach of Microsoft’s mobile platform, as the operator dominates the domestic telecom market. The fact that the phone will support 3G is a further significant boon, as China Mobile’s unique 3G standard makes it incompatible with a number of rival devices, most notably the iPhone.
The General Manager of China Mobile’s Guangzhou branch Pan Zhiyong stated that the company will release a Windows Phone 7 device imminently. Though Zhiyong refused to tell exactly which phone it will carry, it will support the China Mobile 3G (TD-SCDMA) network, according to a Marbridge Consulting report.