iPhoneAsia Comment: China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou remains on his talking points. Nothing new to report other than “discussions” still occurring. iPhonAsia believes China Mobile may get iPhone, but it might be an EDGE only model (not a TD-SCDMA 3G version). Control of the value added services platform (music store, app store, pre-loaded apps, etc.) may still be a sticking point. It’s all just guesswork.
“We have been discussing with Apple, but until now no agreement has been reached,” chief executive officer Wang Jianzhou told reporters in Hong Kong after his company released its annual results for 2008.
Wang said his company welcomed outsiders’ use of its network in China as long as it was a profitable partnership.
“The door of China Mobile’s network is always open,” he said.
China Mobile said in June last year the main obstacle to introducing the iPhone in China, which had more than 630 million mobile users at the end of 2008, had been cleared when Apple dropped its revenue-sharing demands.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs had said he would have liked to see the device introduced in China last year.
A thriving black market in the popular handset has since established itself in China.