Apple Fixes Signal Issues for iPhone 4S Users on Unofficial China Mobile

Posted March 5, 2012 at 3:49pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6720 views

Apple has reportedly updated the iPhone 4S to fix signal issues experience by users on China Mobile, an unofficial carrier.

China Mobile recently surpassed 15 million iPhone users despite not officially carrying the device. This is even more impressive considering that the iPhone doesn't yet support China Mobile's 3G (TD-SCDMA) network, so all those users are limited to the carrier's 2G network.

According to a PeopleDaily report, many iPhone 4S owners on China Mobile's network had issues activate their SIM cards and making phone calls with a full signal.

A telecom technology expert explained that technically, the signal problems were caused by iPhone 4S handsets' GSM chips, which only supports the P frequency band (885-915MHZ), but does not support the E frequency band (880-890MHz). As China Mobile's GSM network supports both the P and E frequency bands, iPhone 4S handsets will lose signal or cannot make calls despite having a full signal when they are only covered by the E frequency band which is mainly for indoor use. The phones will regain signal when covered by the P frequency band, which is mainly for outdoor use and the most commonly used band under the standards of the International Telecommunication Union.

China Mobile says Apple has updated iPhone 4S devices manufactured after February 8th to support their 2G network and will offer a software update in early March to address the issue with older devices.

Read More [via TNW]


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Josh - March 5, 2012 at 6:12pm
typo in the last paragraph. '2G' when it should be '3G'.
Shameer - March 5, 2012 at 9:42pm
Nope. 2G read the article
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