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China Telecom, Tencent to Launch QQ Handset

Tencent Tech, 4/15/11

At the CDMA2000 Handset Design & Development Industry Alliance meeting held by China Telecom (NYSE: CHA; 0728.HK) in Qingdao today, Le Luping, assistant to the president of Tencent's (0700.HK) wireless division, said that China Telecom's operator-customized QQ handset has entered the final phase of development and unveiled Tencent's QQ Service solution. QQ Service integrates various QQ mobile applications such as QQ mobile IM, QZone mobile SNS, and Tencent Microblog under a unified "QQ Passport" that allows users to access all mobile QQ applications after a single log-in.

When asked when the QQ Phone might be released, Le said that no launch date had been set and that the phone would be released according to China Telecom's sales timetable.

Editor's Note: In a separate article, Tencent Tech reported that Tencent had signed framework agreements with various terminal manufacturers including Huawei, ZTE (0763.HK; 000063.SZ), China Wireless Technologies' (2369.HK) subsidiary Yulong, Tianyu, Hisense, Longcheer, Via Telecom, Simcom, and BYD Electronic (0285.HK).

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