Fear of 3G?

In the Hutong
Watching New Jack City
2318 hrs

I like Fons a lot – he gives a great Euro-in-Shanghai perspective on China to balance my California-boy-in-Beijing POV. China Herald should be on your blogroll or RSS reader – check it out.

However, he says something that perplexes me about 3G:

“Only a pity that when 3G takes off later this year, about 400 million mobile phones have to be replaced.”

The fact is, 3G and “2G” networks will operate side by side, quite likely for a very long time in China. This isn’t like digital TV when you need to dump your old set.

Is this a widespread misconception?