If you’re planning on going over to Beijing for the Olympics then you might need to buy a new handset when you get there. It has been reported in the Wall Street Journal (here) that although China is planning to have 3G available to users, it will be based on the TD-SCDMA technology standard – which is not used by handsets sold outside of China.
To be honest if you are going to Beijing for the Olympics then I’ve got very little sympathy for you. I’m sure you’ll have an amazing experience and a lack of 3G will hardly register.
On a non-technology note, I wonder if Dwain Chambers will need to buy a new Chinese handset. Dwain is the UK’s highest profile drugs ‘cheat’ and he is trying to get his lifetime ban from the Olympics overturned. You can read more about it here.