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Nokia to launch 10 3G models in China this year

NOKIA Corp will launch 10 3G handsets in China by the end of this year, including a 3G phone costing less than 1,000 yuan (US$147), the world's No. 1 mobile phone maker by sales said yesterday in Beijing.

Some of Nokia's new 3G models, which are able to access the Internet at high speed, are updated version of its best-selling 2G models, such as the 5800 and E71, said the Finish-based firm.

"3G helps us to combine the Internet and mobility," said David Tang, Nokia China's vice president.

3G users are able to download films and make video calls. 3G download speeds are 50 to 100 times faster than 2G.

About 180 million people use Nokia phones in China, about 30 percent of the domestic market. By the end of the year, Nokia will launch a range of phones, including the 2730c, which will only cost about US$110. Nokia aims to win in the 3G market in China as it did in the 2G market, Tang said.

But Nokia will faces difficulties over transfer limitations in the Chinese 3G sector, analysts said. China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom all use different types of network. Most of Nokia's 3G models will only work on China Unicom's network.

This means current China Mobile customers - who account for 70 percent of the market - will have to switch to China Unicom, and change their number, if they want to use one of these 3G phones.



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