CDG wrote: hamei: A lot of people don't like CDMA, even increasingly so in the USA. Despite this, Verizon remains one of the best networks for extremely rural areas. Wickenburg (my town) has good coverage since about 1.5 years ago when a new tower was erected from Cingular, but you head out to Tonopaugh/Arlington area, or towards Aguila or Salome, and you've got nothing if you don't have a Verizon CDMA phone. Even still, if you're in a particularly mountainous stretch, you'll get nothing.
I'm sure China has similar problems towards the west and away from the more densely populated coast?
Actually, the situation is the opposite here. CDMA is China Unicom, a private (?) phone company. GSM is China Telecom, the national phone company which has much better service and lower costs. The China Unicom counter girls are possibly prettier, tho.
Out towards the west and away from the densely populated coasts (by chinese standards - Guangxi and Shaanxi have probably ten times the density of California, for example) China still has good cellular phone service. Peasants need their phones, too. They also have fiber-optic cable connections. China is in the somewhat-enviable position of not having a big legacy investment in POTS so they could go direct to the newer technologies. I just wish all the peasants in the world didn't have cell phones which they scream into at great length everywhere they go. Everywhere. There was one talking to his girlfriend from the grunter in Kunshan's big building last night - I could hear him all the way across the store. Many people don't need CDMA or even phones, for that matter. Even five year olds have really powerful lungs in Kunshan.