iPhone With Wi-Fi Soon Available in China?

July 12, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

It seems that Apple fans in China may soon be able to get their hands on an iPhone with Wi-Fi support, as indicated by a report in The Wall Street Journal. Last week, the Wi-Fi-enabled iPhone 4 was granted a network access license in China, which was made public by the country’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center.

One thing that should be noted is that the phone used in the license more closely resembles the iPhone 3G or even iPhone 3GS than the recent iPhone 4, though that’s probably a mistake which shouldn’t be taken into consideration. Chinese users have had access to the iPhone since October, but they could only use the 3G cellular service instead of the device’s full Wi-Fi functionality. This is due to the regulations imposed by the Chinese government, which require all Wi-Fi devices to use China’s own wireless standard, named WAPI.

The fact that the Wi-Fi enabled iPhone is hitting the Chinese market is provoked by a small loophole in the law, which basically allows a device to feature Wi-Fi connectivity, just as long as it offers WAPI as well.

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