> Is East Asia ahead of the field ("appears to be" vs. "does already")?
I can only quote from http://www.etsi.org/smg/newsletter/smgnews.pdf:
For GSM, UCS2 was initially included as an
alternative to the 7-bit GSM default alphabet, to
allow the Short Message Service (SMS and Cell
Broadcast) to offer Chinese language messaging
in the rapidly expanding Far Eastern markets like
Hong Kong and mainland China. This service has
now been available for over a year in those
That was about SMS (short message service). WAP is only beginning to
reach the market. GPRS I believe is at least a year away from market,
but why should they suddenly abandon Unicode? I don't know if the
most modern phones use UCS-2 actively outside of EA (that is, if there
is service provider support for Unicode outside of EA) or not.
Hence my reservation.
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