Taiwan Mobile prepares 3G contract, unveils dual-mode phone

14 Dec 2006

Taiwan’s second largest cellular operator, Taiwan Mobile Company, has said it is planning to spend TWD4.8 billion (USD148 million) over the next three years to expand its 3G coverage. The firm is ready to place equipment orders with Nokia, reports the Taipei Times.

The cellco has also announced that it is launching its first dual-mode GSM cellular and Wi-Fi handset. The new phone will allow users to make free IP-based calls when within range of a wireless LAN hotspot, with calls switching to the conventional GSM cellular network elsewhere. Taiwan Mobile had 6.13 million subscribers at the end of November.