Call me an optimist (guilty) and Apple fanboy (yep) … but I don’t believe for a second that the last round of “talks ended” statements by China Mobile means the negotiations have actually ended. In fact, they may have only just begun in earnest. Like a lovers quarrel, sometimes the stinging words have to let fly before the serious communications can begin.
China Mobile: “Revenue! We don’t share no stinking subscribers revenues!”
Apple: “You want “on contract” customers who use massive amounts of data … Get back when you’re serious!”
So “talks have ended!” … I think NOT! The lovers are taking a time out … Deep down they want and need each other.
Okay serious business … The team of Financial Times UK reporters based in China have done a better job than most at getting the story right. Words matter! Negotiations have “temporarily stopped” does not mean – “It’s over!” And declining to say whether discussions will resume does not mean “don’t let the door hit you on the way out!” In fact Gao Nianshu, general manager of China Mobile’s Data Dept indicated that “contacts” (with Apple) continue.
See full details in the FT.com article – China Mobile suspends talks with Apple over iPhone launch By Robin Kwong and Justine Lau in Hong Kong and Mure,Dickie in Beijing – Published: January 15 2008 02:00 | Last updated: January 15 2008 02:00