“State-owned China Unicom Ltd. said Friday it is talking with Apple Inc. about becoming an iPhone carrier but denied a report it has reached a deal and will buy 5 million handsets,” Joe McDonald reports for The Associated Press. “‘Talks between us and Apple have been going on for some time, but no agreement has been reached yet,’ said Unicom spokesman Yi Difei. ‘There are all kinds of possibilities. There is no particular timetable for the talks.'”
“Mr. Yi declined to give details. But he denied a report by the newspaper China Business News that Unicom secured a three-year exclusive iPhone deal and would pay 10-billion yuan ($1.5-billion) for handsets,” McDonald reports. “‘The report is not true,’ Mr. Yi said.”
McDonald reports, “An Apple spokeswoman in Beijing, Tiffany Yang, said she had no information about an iPhone agreement in China… Apple’s talks with potential Chinese carriers have snagged on disagreements about how to share revenues, according to Chinese news reports.”
MacDailyNews Take: And, case in point, we all know how reliable Chinese news reports are, right?
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]