Podcast > HERE
Shaun Rein, Founder and Managing Director of the China Market Research Group discusses China Mobile and Apple negotiations (existent or not) to bring iPhone to China. Shaun talks about the dominant position China Mobile enjoys and shares his insights on the importance of relationship building in Chinese business culture. Rein notes the popularity of the iPhone, and iPod Touch in China and points out that Apple has substantial opportunities in China. Mr. Rein also talks about China companies using the media to their advantage. The editor of iPhone in Asia agrees with this point…. See Press gets Spun by China Mobile
Read more about Shaun Rein and CMR at the China Business Network HERE
Click > HERE to listen to the podcast, or copy/paste link http://chinatalkradio.com/File/ShaunReinChinaMobile011508.mp3
NOTE: This podcast interview was apparently just after the MacWorld 2008 Keynote … Immediately post MacWorld keynote (January 15, 2008), CNBC’s Jim Goldman interviewed Steve Jobs and asked about the reported “end to talks” with China Mobile. Steve Jobs said there were no such ongoing negotiations. Jobs noted that there has been only one China Mobile representative that has visited Apple’s Cupertino HQ and that meeting took place months ago.
My guess … There have been some preliminary chats but “negotiations” (serious back and forth over a contract) have yet to happen.
From the Jim Goldman video interview (regarding China Mobile) … Steve Jobs: “It’s very strange … we’ve met once with one of their representatives. There have never been any ‘hot and heavy’ discussions either ‘on’ or ‘off’ … someone is just making this stuff up.” See Video Here
China Mobile’s General Manager Data Services, Gao Nianshu, was later quoted as saying that the two (Apple and China Mobile) companies took part in at least two rounds of talks. Despite the failure to agree, preparations were underway for further negotiations, he said, without providing any detail.
At the recent Davos Forum, China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou was quoted: “We’ve not started any formal negotiations with Apple. The door is open to all for discussions about fashionable phones.”