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Apple and China Mobile still not talking about iPhone

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 14 Apr 2008 20:48 User comments (1)

Apple and China Mobile still not talking about iPhone Apple Inc. and China's largest mobile operator, China Mobile, are still not trying to work out a deal over the iPhone since previous talks broke off in January this year. Despite speculation that the two might come to an agreement to get the device "officially" into the country, the Xinhua News Agency reported that there are no on-going negotiations. "Our door will remain open as long as there is customer demand," China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou told an audience while speaking the 2008 Boao Forum for Asia.
Talks previously broke down because China Mobile felt that the revenue-sharing model proposed by Apple was unfair and excessive. Of course, while official talks have not yet resumed, this hasn't stopped a large amount of people in China from getting an iPhone anyway. Market research firm In-Stat reported that as many as 400,000 China Mobile users are already using an iPhone, exposing a flourishing gray market for the device.

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."

Apple has fought off iPhone unlocking as well as it can but it has been turned into a business for entrepreneurs and an ongoing challenge for intelligent developers and hackers. The lucrative revenue sharing deals Apple has signed with providers do not apply if devices are unlocked to use other networks.

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115.4.2008 6:07

It is learned that iPhone is comin to India first.


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