02 Oct '11, 5am
@ChemarieMonica : Mobile-loving Thais still waiting for full 3G - Straits Times: Mobile-lovi... GeeSparks.com #tech
BANGKOK (AFP) - While BlackBerrys and iPhones are fast becoming must-have accessories for many urban Thais, mobile Internet in the kingdom is still struggling to get out of the slow lane. A long-running business tussle means that as other nations - including impoverished Laos - move to introduce faster 4G technology, Thailand has yet to fully roll out 3G, a decade after it was first launched in Japan. Third-generation - 3G - technology allows mobile phone users to surf the Internet and download music and videos, and Thailand is the only country in South-east Asia not to have full 3G apart from military-dominated Myanmar. 'I bought this phone about three years ago because I thought I could use 3G but it has taken me three years to be able to actually use (the service),' said 25-year-old Bangkok resident Tiabtawan Limjittrakorn.