Ten vendors have submitted bids to the GSM Association (GSMA) to produce a low-cost third-generation (3G) mobile handset, the group\u2019s chairman said Monday."The senior management team is right now looking at those tenders," said Craig Ehrlich, the chairman of the GSMA\u2019s board of directors, speaking at a news conference on the opening day of the 3GSM World Congress Asia in Singapore. The bids had been received "a few days ago," he said.The goal of the low-cost handset program is to spur adoption of 3G services, especially for data access, by reducing handset costs for subscribers in emerging markets and developed countries.Ehrlich, who also serves as a director of Hong Kong\u2019s Hutchison Mobile Communications, declined to comment on specifics of the tenders received. He also declined to discuss the expected cost of the winning 3G handset, but said the group is happy with the tenders it has received. "We\u2019re pleased with the numbers we are seeing," he said.GSMA, a global trade group composed of mobile operators, announced the contest for a low-cost 3G handset in June, following the success of an earlier program to produce low-cost handsets for Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM). Under that program, which contracted handset production to Motorola, the GSMA issued a tender to produce a US$25 GSM handset.The winning tender for the low-cost 3G handset will be announced in February 2007. The winning handset will be selected by representatives from 12 operators with 620 million subscribers. Further down the road, the GSMA is considering a second contest to produce a low-cost high-speed packet access handset in 2008, Ehrlich said.-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service (Singapore Bureau)Related Links:\n\nHTC Announces Wi-Fi Smart Phone for T-Mobile\n\nEricsson Trials Biodiesel to Power Mobile Networks\n\nNokia Licenses Trimble Location-Based PatentsCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.