Apple Talking With China Mobile

Posted: Sep 1 2009, 12:40pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:04pm CDT , in Apple


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Just days after we found that Apple signed a non-exclusive deal with China Unicom, a spokesperson with China Mobile has confirmed that they are also in talks with Apple about carrying the iPhone. (AppleInsider) This is huge news for Apple, as it would give them access to China Mobile's 475 million potential customers.

China has more cell phone users than anywhere else on the planet. While they might not all have as much money to throw at fancy cell phones as Americans and Europeans, they still have a huge market of well-to-do customers. As China grows, the market will only become more and more lucrative for 'luxury' electronics manufacturers like Apple.

Cupertino is going to great lengths to establish the iPhone as a worldwide brand now, before the smartphone market begins to contract. They see what is happening to traditional cell manufacturers, and they realize that the companies best able to establish a wide, long-term brand loyalty will be the ones to succeed.

China Mobile and Apple still have a lot of details to hammer out before any sort of consensus can be reached. The Chinese carrier wants total control of the App Store, something Apple is very unlikely to cede. They also use incompatible 3G networks, which would necessitate yet another new build of the iPhone for China.

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