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China Unicom in negotiations with Apple over iPhone

Following a report from earlier this week indicating that Apple and China Mobile had broken off talks over the iPhone due to a disagreement over control of the App Store, a new report states that rival carrier China Unicom is now in talks to bring the handset to mainland China. “Yes, we are in talks with Apple Inc.,” a Unicom manager told China Business News. China Unicom plans to rollout a new WCDMA network on May 17, but it is unclear whether a deal between the two companies could be completed in time. “China Unicom has held several rounds of negotiations with Apple Inc.,” said an anonymous source within the company, “but there are still many obstacles ahead.” According to the report, the companies have yet to come to an agreement on what apps may come pre-installed on the device, and are also facing difficulties due to regulatory issues and disagreement on policy restrictions and business model differences. [via MDN]

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1

This story was much more interesting when my first glance was “China Unicorn…”

Posted by ort on February 12, 2009 at 3:44 PM (CST)

2

Apple can follow the plan to allow certain iPhone applications be download from iTune Store similar like Hong Kong, that works in mainland China. Customer can pay in RMB through credit card account.

Posted by Charanischiu on February 15, 2009 at 12:11 PM (CST)

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