iPhonAsia comment: The story posted below reports on China Unicom’s new campaign to generate 600 million yuan (US$87.8 million) in revenue from its mobile Internet services. One question is how China Unicom can meet their goals and also allow Apple to promote many current iPhone services. In the end I am confident that many popular Chinese services will be available on iPhone (many already are available).
China Unicom has suggested that they would like to promote Chinese services should Apple and China Unicom formalize an iPhone distribution deal. Word is that China Unicom execs are visiting Cupertino in March to engage in serious negotiations and mobile services will no doubt be a point of discussion> More HERE
The two parties [Apple and China Unicom] also disagree over the iPhone’s pre-installed Internet applications. China Unicom wants these applications replaced with applications that Chinese users prefer, the source said. For example, the iPhone comes with a Youtube application, but most Chinese users use Youku to share and watch videos.
NOTE: In August 2008, iPhonAsia reported on rumors that Youku might be coming to iPhone > More HERE
via Seeking Alpha – Chinese Tech Stock Weekly Summary (Feb. 9 – Feb. 15, 2009)
Excerpt: China Unicom has begun a two month-long marketing campaign to drum up 600 million yuan (US$87.8 million) in revenue from its mobile Internet service. China Unicom will partner with WAP portals, including Sohu, Kong.net, Sina (SINA) and Tencent (TCEHF.PK) as well as the developer of popular Chinese mobile Web browser, UCWeb, during the campaign. The operator will spend 3 million yuan (US$438,910) on Internet advertising for the campaign. China Unicom is preparing for the launch of 3G services, such as mobile music downloads, mobile email, 3G WAP, 3G MMS and Java services, although these services will not be available by April 2009.
Read full summary > HERE