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China's deployment of TD-SCDMA, its own incarnation of 3G, is well underway despite the fact that the government isn't expected to issue any 3G licences until after it completely overhauls the industry later this year. China claimed it would have a 3G network in time for the Beijing Olympics, but with only a couple of months to …

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Unhappy

How much?!

So...its £3.50 subscription with 4.5p per minute on video! *cough rip off Britain*. Guess things are done differently in China...and alot better it seems.

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Free market

The only way to have the notional free market so beloved of Economists is to have iron control over the market to avoid gaming of the system and monopoly. The out and out fraud which is built into US capitalism such as naked short selling and the sort of bullshit perpetrated by the Enron criminals would lead to a bullet sandwich in China.

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Pointless Chinese posturing

Given that the number of visitors to the Olympics whose handsets are TD-SCDMA capable will be as near zero as makes no odds, the whole thing is just wind-baggery and empty posturing of the highest order. But that seems to be all the PRC's Communist government is about, these days.

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Nic

@Allan Rutland

It was subsidised to increase take-up. RTFA...

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Tom
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We don't need no stinkin' licences

They bought 3 movies and a copy of Vista for $10 from the guy with the stand down by the corner and he threw in a G3 license for free!

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@Allan Rutland

'So...its £3.50 subscription with 4.5p per minute on video! *cough rip off Britain*. Guess things are done differently in China...and alot better it seems.'

Maybe you would like to work for the average Chinese wage then ? May seem cheap, but as a percentage of average monthly income I bet it isnt.

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@Allan Rutland

and how much does the average person in China get paid?

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Linux

but for people touring China everythings a bargain

Everything is a bargain if you work in China and get paid state wages or Euro wages. A 5 star restaurant dinner costs no more than 10 - 20 USD. That's a bargain!

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Boffin

Lazy, ungrateful capitalists can't do the maths...

7.00 USD = 48.5870 CNY

Average wage in China (circa 2006): 1,750 yuan a month

Average Wage Software engineer in China (circa 2005): £6,998

In PR of China, software engineers you!

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@ Bryan B

"the whole thing is just wind-baggery and empty posturing of the highest order. But that seems to be all the PRC's Communist government is about, these days."

Now all they need is to learn how to quietly pension off corrupt officials instead of executing them and they'll be just like our glorious western governments.

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Here it goes again..

Just what we needed, another mobile standard that really doesn't do anything new in the world... -.-

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