Device makers asked to use ‘Taiwan’ for nation

REPORTED ONLINE: The NCC has been asking tablet and smartphone makers to sign an affidavit pledging to accurately label Taiwan in the operating system settings

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 14, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Mobile phone and tablet manufacturers have been asked to refer to the nation with its proper name

A man uses his mobile phone while walking past a Huawei logo in an undated photograph.
Photo: AP

in their built-in operating systems and applications, the National Communication Commission (NCC) said yesterday.

The caller ID on Huawei P30 and Nova 5T smartphones has been displaying the caller’s location as “Taiwan, China,” rather than “Taiwan,” since a security update to their operating systems, according to messages posted on a discussion forum on the Mobile 01 technology Web site.

In some Huawei Mate 20X smartphones, a list of warranty areas refers to Taiwan as a part of China, although the device’s caller ID still displays the caller’s location as “Taiwan,” the users said.

The commission said it has asked the manufacturer to address the issue as soon as possible, as the designation does not faithfully reflect the reality and undermines the nation’s dignity.

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