China's Huawei to make 3G phones for Vodafone

Vodafone has tapped China's Huawei to manufacture 3G handsets.

Chinese telecommunications maker Huawei Technologies this week signed a five-year contract to supply 3G (third-generation) mobile handsets to Vodafone Group.

In a statement, Vodafone said the deal with Huawei will allow it "to offer even better 3G phones at more competitive prices."

The Huawei-made handsets will be sold under the Vodafone brand, a first for Vodafone in the consumer market, according to Vodafone. The first handsets, which will be sold in 21 countries, are expected to be available in September, it said. The company did not provide details regarding the handsets or identify the specific countries where they will be sold.

Huawei is relatively new to the handset business, having so far introduced four WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) models, Beijing-based Norson Telecom Consulting said in a research note about the Vodafone-Huawei deal.

Huawei is making handsets as part of a goal to become a "full-service" provider of telecommunications equipment and handsets for operators, Norson said, noting that this strategy has been employed by the company in China. "Huawei still has a long way to go, though, to be a major player in 3G handsets," it said.

At present, Huawei's main advantage in the international handset market is its ability to undercut competitors on price, Norson said. However, Huawei doesn't have the systems in place to produce several handset models based on a common platform, it said.

To compete with rivals Motorola Inc. and Nokia Corp., Huawei will have to adopt this method of product design, Norson said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?