The catch? China Mobile doesn't plan to build its 3G network using the W-CDMA standard, but competitor China Telecom does.
The mobile giant fears subscribers will be tempted to unlock their iPhones and make way for China Telecom's network, a legitimate concern given 400,000 unlocked iPhones are already active and operating in China.
As a solution, a report from the South China Morning Post suggests that China Mobile has asked Apple to remove or disable the phone's WiFi and 3G chips.Will Jobs & Co. be lured into 'dumbing' down their hi-tech device for the sake of tapping into the world's largest mobile subscriber base? Stay tuned... [Via cnet]