Apple CEO Tim Cook met China Mobile head, discussed cooperation

“Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday met with the head of China Mobile Ltd , the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers and the only Chinese carrier that doesn’t offer iPhones and iPads,” Paul Carsten and Lee Chyen Yee report for Reuters. “The meeting with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing was to discuss matters of cooperation, the Chinese firm told Reuters in an emailed statement. It gave no further details. The talks could pave the way for a long-awaited deal for China Mobile to distribute Apple products on its vast network, benefitting both companies.”

Carsten and Yee report, “Analysts say China Mobile would attract higher-end 3G users if it strikes a deal to carry Apple’s iPhone. Low 3G adoption crimps China Mobile’s profits as mobile users shift away from SMS messaging to data-reliant apps such as Tencent Holdings’ WeChat, which now has more than 300 million users in China. China Mobile’s homegrown 3G technology – TD-SCDMA – is inferior to what is offered by China Unicom and China Telecom, which are based on international 3G standards. Any deal between China Mobile and Apple, combined with the Chinese government issuing 4G licenses later this year, could turn around both companies’ fortunes with wider product distribution and faster Internet speeds attracting new smartphone adopters.”

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      1. You’re absolutely right, it’s traditionally associated with Korea, but like most things Korean, there are similar things elsewhere. The ‘fermented cabbage’ is just called Pao4cai4 泡菜 in China. It’s just a side dish. Not sure why this one simple ‘snack’ took on such a massive role in Korean cuisine, but there ya go.

      2. I feel sorry for people who isolate themselves to one kind of food or another. For kimchi, there are different kinds, different ‘flavors’ and different degrees of spicy-ness. After living in the orient for 25+ years, learning to appreciate the diverse foods was a wonderful experience for me and my family. To classify kimchi as in such a regard as “nasty smelling” is show pure ignorance of a whole class of food and culture.

        The above comment is in NO way meant as an approval of Samsung.

  1. Please, please, please, please, Timid Cook, let’s get a fair contract worked out with China Mobile. If other companies can do it, why not Apple. There has been talk of this contract for at least two years if not longer and nothing ever gets accomplished. I’m sure Samsung must already have at least two models of smartphones on that carrier. As much money as Apple is spending in China and helping to provide employment, surely they can work something out.

  2. Rumored 5C entry iPhone in the Fall; China to dole out 4G licenses later this year and Tim Cook in talks with China Mobile. .
    The harmonic convergence is coming …

  3. If anyone can pull a deal off it will be Tim Cook.
    My humble opinion is that with his type of personal demeanor and brains the Chinese will fall under his spell. Keeping fingers crossed be caused he has been unfairly bashed by many.

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