Originally Posted by asdasd
People, on this forum, need to get over their American fixation. The main reason to go world phone is China. But anyway, it would reduce the manufacturing costs.
It would also reduce travelling costs for people who travel to these places, if they can get a simless iPhone, and put whatever they want in.
I sure hope this is true. I work in China and the US about 30/60 of time respectively. My first trip, I went to the Apple store to figure out if there was a non-Jailbreak way to use my iPhone and iPad for 3G in China. However, there is really no way for Apple to help me (according to the nice Chinese Geniuses). And AT&T told me the iPad was a "World Device". The nice Chinese Apple guys told me both the USA iPhone and iPad are locked down to their carriers and there is no way for me to use China Unicom or China Mobile for my 3G data because they were locked down to AT&T. Plus, China Mobile has not locked down a deal with Apple yet anyway. The only way to truly get Data and Phone on a USA iPhone or iPad (legitimately) would be to purchase one in China. Of course you can jailbreak, but that's not the point. Something needs to be done so we're not locked into our carriers that like to charge $1 per Megabit of Download (AT&T). I mean why bother offering something that could cost me upwards of $10k/mo for 3G data? that's frackin' crazy. Plus most WiFi (except for in more westernized Restaurants) require a China Carrier account (meaning a China phone, username and password) to use the WiFi...even at Starbucks!
The only way to get 3G data or voice in China on the iPhone is to Jailbreak. The only way to get 3G data on the iPad is to purchase a plan through China Unicom (with a base $180 rate + an annual data plan) and have them physically cut the card down to fit in the micro-sim slot. I've read about people doing this without problems, but frankly, that's an expensive risk to take. Not to mention it's still a "plan" service. So if you don't intend to return to China, it's still going to cost you a boat-load to get 3G.
I'm all for the Sim-less service!!! Having WiFi in China is nice when you can get it, but not being able to use 3G on the go in these huge cities makes me feel like i'm back in the dark ages.
I think my next trip i'm going to get an old (contract-less) iPhone and just force AT&T to unlock it so I can have a dedicated iPhone for China. My boss (in Beijing) did this...actually he had someone there jailbreak it so he could use his USA phone in China, and he has a 2nd phone for the USA.