July 16, 2009 | Robert Nelson
The iPhone/China saga seems to have come to another chapter, which thankfully is not involving how a carrier is set to launch the iPhone. Instead this time we are hearing rumblings that suggest Apple has had Foxconn fire up the assembly lines and begin production on a Wi-Fi-less iPhone specifically for China.
“Foxconn Technology Group (Foxconn), the contracted iPhone maker for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), is manufacturing a 3G version of iPhone tailored to customers in China, disclosed sources familiar with the matter on July 15.”
“The mysterious products might be the very model designed for Chinese users, according to another source, noting that the massively-produced device has no Wi-Fi functions, just like the A1324 model, the Chinese version of 3G iPhone being sent to the China Telecommunication Technology Labs (CTTL) for a test.”
Of course, even if these iPhones are being produced, it still does not change the fact that a deal has not yet been struck with a Chinese carrier. That said, maybe that deal is just waiting on this model. Personally, if I were living in China, I am thinking I would have given up on getting an iPhone a long time ago.
An iPhone without Wi-Fi, sure it sounds bad, but at the same time it somehow makes me feel slightly better about AT&T making me wait so long for MMS messaging and Internet tethering.