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09-15-2009, 05:10 PM #1
Apple Totally Still Playing the Field (in China)
Just as we digest the news of Apple starting a new relationship with Chinese wireless carrier China Unicom, a report in the Wall Street Journal indicate that Apple is still totally chatting up rival China Mobile.
Apple's deal with China Unicom is "absolutely not exclusive," and China Mobile still hopes to offer iPhones in China, Mr. Wang said Friday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.
China Mobile would have to modify the iPhone for use on its 3G TD-SCDMA network, but the company is working on its own Android-based handheld (the so-called Ophone), and so the technical expertise presumably exists.
If the second deal in China goes through, it would mark the first country in which Apple has not negotiated an exclusive deal with a wireless carrier. But China Mobile has an enormous customer base - 420,000,000 subscribers, more than one account for every man, woman and child in the United States - so a relationship with the carrier remains an enormous growth opportunity for Apple.
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09-15-2009, 05:22 PM #2
09-15-2009, 05:42 PM #3
lol i wonder if then att-apple excl. contract *does* end, if verizon will make a CDMA iphone? or GSM.. i can never remember which is which lolIf i helped you, clicking thanks would be nice
09-15-2009, 06:15 PM #4
AT&T is gsm and Verizon is CDMA. And did no one see that the rep. from China Mobile's name was Mr. Wang? hahaha
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09-15-2009, 08:44 PM #5
Isn't this a slap in the face to Americans? I mean iPhone has AT&T exclusivity at home, but is getting distributed to two major competing Chinese telecoms.
09-15-2009, 10:25 PM #6
apple is gonna take overThis is getting a lil' ridiculous...
09-17-2009, 03:15 AM #7
09-28-2009, 11:40 AM #8