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Mix: China, O2, Italy, Exploded, iPod.iTunes

China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou has said that the company is in talks to offer the iPhone in China, according to an IDG report. “Our customers like this kind of fashionable product,” Jianzhou said at the Mobile Asia Congress, while stating that he doesn’t like the revenue-sharing business model that Apple has used elsewhere. “We still think we can maintain the operator-centric model because we have the customers, the end users.”

UK iPhone carrier O2 has reported that it processed over 8,000 iPhone activations on Friday, the first day the device was available in the region. Apparently, O2 also experienced some activation hiccups, not unlike those experienced on the AT&T network over the US launch period.

Macitynet.it is reporting (translated link) that a string found in iPhone software 1.1.2 mentions the Italian cellular operator TIM, or Telecom Italia Mobile, which is partially controlled by Telefonica, O2’s parent company. In addition, Italian is an officially supported language in 1.1.2, both for the keyboard and interface, along with German and French.

Pictures of an iPod, broken apart in exploded diagram-style and encased in resin, have appeared online. Surprisingly, the artist left the Dock Connector accessible from outside the resin block, enabling the iPod encased inside to retain functionality.

crispSofties has announced the release of version 3.7 of its iPod.iTunes synchronization software, which synchronizes songs, videos, playlist and meta data in both directions between iPods and iTunes libraries. iPod.iTunes 3.7 requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.

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“while stating that he doesn’t like the revenue-sharing business model that Apple has used elsewhere”.

And when talks break down, they’ll just copy the design and make their own version.

Posted by Warren Piece on November 13, 2007 at 11:20 AM (PDT)

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“And when talks break down, they’ll just copy the design and make their own version.”

The first fake iPhones were released well before the US launch, and let me say they are butt ugly. Just YouTube “fake iPhone.”

Chinese manufacturers are mistaken if they think that they can copy the design of the iPhone. They may have been able to make nearly flawless copies of Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton purses, but software is something that eludes them. It is the whole reason people are buying the iPhone, and the reason why Mr. Wang wants to bring iPhone to China quickly. Apple made playing your music, making phone calls, sending emails - for lack of a better phrase, drop dead sexy. It’s so simple and so elegant. If copies of the iPhone could fill this need, then there would be no need for Mr. Wang to be in negotations with Apple.

Posted by anonymous coward on November 13, 2007 at 1:06 PM (PDT)

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