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Apple and China Mobile cut off iPhone talks

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 14 Jan 2008 16:25 User comments (1)

Apple and China Mobile cut off iPhone talks Apple Inc. and China Mobile have broken off talks aimed at making the iPhone available in China. The mobile service provider has more subscribers than the population of the United States; about 350 million people. Many experts and analysts had predicted a break down in the talks as each as they emerged, anticipating technical difficulties and disagreements over pricing and revenue sharing.
An iPhone goes for up to $500 in the United States, which is about double the average monthly salary in China. "It's not a surprise. China Mobile doesn't want to share its non-voice revenue," said Duncan Clark, chairman of BDA China, a Beijing-based telecoms research consultancy. "The two have very strong egos and, as in any relationship, that often doesn't work."

Initial news of the talks between Apple and China Mobile drove Apple's stock up about 10 percent on November 13. After Monday's announcement, shares in China Mobile slid about 3%. "Our parent has terminated talks with Apple over the iPhone," a China Mobile spokeswoman said, confirming several unsourced Internet reports.

China Mobile has not ruled out holding discussions again at some stage, if necessary. The country's second most popular service, China Unicom, announce din 2007 that it had no plans to offer the iPhone, but that it was open to the idea.

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114.2.2008 18:23

Apple needs to break into the Chinese market this is the market with the most numbers. They would not leave the table without reaching a deal eventually and the Chinese know this.

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