Here comes the CPhone…

A lot of attention has been going to the debut of China Mobile’s OPhone and to the soon-to-be launched iPhone – China Unicom’s first job will be to “convert” the estimated 10 million users who own smuggled iPhones (mainly the older 3G and 2G models) and subscribe to China Mobile…
So, what has been the answer of China Telecom, who owns the third licence of for mobile services? The Cphone! The Android-operated CPhone has been designed and developed by Access (a Japanese provider of advanced software technologies for mobiles). According to insiders, the CPhone is a touch-screen handset with a flash animation style user interface. It is integrated with an RSS news feed function, mobile mail, mobile Internet browser and China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting (CMMB) chip and service. cphone.jpg
The phone will retail for approximately RMB 1,500 (USD 220). That compares quite favorably against the pricey iPhone RMB 4000 (USD 585) or to a smuggled 3GS 16GB costs RMB 5,500 (USD 800). Let’s see what the ratio of price/brand sensitive Chinese consumers is.