“China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile phone operator, said on Monday it had not officially entered into talks with Apple Inc to bring iPhones to the mainland, but was interested in doing so,” Kirby Chien reports for Reuters.
“In January, China Mobile said talks with Apple on launching the U.S. company’s popular iPhones had been called off, although Apple has never commented officially on the issue,” Chien reports.
MacDailyNews Take: On January 15, 2008, Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared on CNBC with Jim Goldman and stated that rumors of on-again, off-again negotiations with China Mobile are simply untrue; just a single China Mobile rep. has flown out to Cupertino just once. There are no ongoing negotiations, just a first meeting. Jobs told Goldman that Apple wanted the iPhone in China, but details will come later.
Chien continues, “‘We have not yet officially begun talks with Apple over the iPhone problem,’ China Mobile Chief Executive Wang Jianzhou told reporters on the sidelines of an annual parliament advisory body meeting. ‘As long as our customers want this kind of product, we will keep all options open,’ said Wang.”
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