China Mobile in talks with Apple to bring iPhone to China

“China Mobile Ltd. Chief Executive Wang Jianzhou said Tuesday the company is in talks with Apple Inc. to bring the iPhone to China,” Yun-Hee Kim reports for MarketWatch.

“However, Wang told reporters on the sidelines of the GSMA Mobile Asia Congress that no agreement has yet been reached,” Yun-Hee Kim reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike in Helsinki” for the heads up.]


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  2. I think there is a big market in Asia for the iPhone. I’ve taken 3 trips there and many people have a love for technology. A friend of my wife (who worked in China) had a linux-based motorola cell phone that could take pictures of business cards and perform OCR to input the data into the address book. Living space is at a premium in the big cities, and not everyone has a car (great public transportation system, though) so they tend to value multi-functional devices. My brother-in -law and his wife both have phones that combine MP3 and GPS along with the other basic functions.

    Although the discrepancy between the wealthy and poor is noticeable (unlike in the U.S., right?) there’s still a big market in China and the rest of the continent. Just my 2 cents.

  3. I suspect there are many positive things that are quietly in the works that could, at any time, be mentioned in the press to halt a stock slide.

    One of the benefits of a very innovative company that leads its industry.

  4. Apple really should try to get the Chinese deal signed ASAP. Lower the percentage of revenue sharing if necessary. Knockoffs are a big part of life in China and some other Asian countries. Counterfeiters won’t respect your design and you’ll have a hard time defending your IPs. The longer Apple stays out of China, the more difficult it is to penetrate the market later when they must compete with their own knockoffs.

  5. Say 95% of Chinese People can’t afford the iPhone. However, 5% of 1Billion is 50 million people.

    Every percentage point brings 10 million people, and trust me there’s lots of money in China… it’s just not evenly distributed.

  6. “Hello, Apple, we’ve changed our minds…..hello? hello? hello?”

    …”The party you are trying to reach is unavailable right now. Please be assured that Apple will get back to you as soon as they finish negotiating deals in China, India, Singapore, and the rest of Asia. Your country has been placed in alphabetical order and rest assured Mr Rogers, Apple will consider your revised proposal before any proposal from Chad or Denmark…”

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