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Talks to bring iPhone to China ongoing: China Mobile

by Staff Writers
Hong Kong (AFP) March 19, 2009
China Mobile, the world's largest mobile phone network operator, said Thursday it had not yet reached an agreement with Apple to launch the iPhone in China, but that the firms were still in talks.

"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.

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