As if there wasn't already enough competition between Apple, Google, HP, Microsoft and RIM in the smartphone space, China Unicom is entering the mix in their own country with the Linux-based WoPhone platform. It already already has support from major handset makers, including HTC, Motorola and HTC. [Cnet]
China just made all VoIP services on networks besides the state-run China Telecom and China Unicom illegal, effectively banning the use of Skype and other popular VoIP services in the country.
Among the markets that Apple hasn't quite been able to crack with their iPhone, China has to be the most frustrating. It's a huge opportunity that's being missed. And now we finally know exactly why.
Good news and bad news for the Middle Kingdom: China Unicom will likely be selling an iPhone sooner than expected, but it will be one that does not have Wi-Fi functionality.
Now that China Unicom is heaving its 156 million subscribers into the ring across from China Mobile's 350 mil in the opening wrassle for the iPhone's Chinese distribution rights, the American market is looking pretty small. A Unicom exec said: "We're not in any discussions with Apple right now, but we're always…