iPhone prototype running China Mobile -- Real, fake, or really fake?

Sohu.com published a photo of what appears to be an iPhone prototype running on the China Mobile network. If it isn't fake -- and we take such things with a Great Wall sized grain of salt -- it suggests the iPhone maybe coming to the world's largest carrier sooner rather than later.

The phone appears to run baseband software with version number 06.10.01, which hasn’t been released yet. It also lacks an IMEI number, just like an iPhone 4 prototype we spotted on eBay. Evaluation devices normally have no IMEI number.

Apple would most-likely choose to go with a TD-SCDMA iPhone before getting into 4G territory in China if this is the real deal, but there's really no clear way of telling from the photo. There are, however, noticeable errors seen in the image such as blurred UI elements, incorrect font spacing etc. Look at the resolution of the time on the status bar compared to the 3G indicator as a good example.

So what do you think? Real, fake, or really fake?

[Sohu via 9to5Mac]

Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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I hope it's fake. I'm hoping for a new design. Glass/antenna-gate totally ruined the image of this phone. crossing fingers

If this is a bespoke iphone for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA 3G network then I couldn't be less interested. I need an iphone that I can use all over the world with different SIM cards. However if this is an iphone that works on TD-SCDMA as well as GSM/UMTS/HSPA then sign me up, I'll move over from China Unicom in a heartbeat, totally fed up of their poor coverage.

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