Major hurdle removed from Apple iPhone 3G and China deal
Apple has worked extremely hard to bring so many countries into the world roll out of the Apple iPhone 3G, but as yet the biggest obstacle has been cracking China. China for the most part wants no deal with the Apple revenue sharing scheme, thus keeping Apple out of a huge chunk of mobile revenue.
However, there is good news on the horizon as the new IPhone 3G will not be sold under the same terms as the original iPhone, so that will be minus the revenue sharing agreement, and without that hurdle Apple may well be able to get Telos, China’s top mobile operator to sign up to the iPhone 3G shooting star.
China Mobile spokeswoman, Rainie Lei, says: “Apple is no longer insisting on a revenue-sharing policy, so the biggest hurdle for China Mobile to bring in the iPhone has been cleared, but there are practical issues still to be resolved.”
As for those “practical” reasons, maybe it’s because China doesn’t have any WCDMA networks, which will raise the question no doubt, just how is the Apple iPhone 3G going to be marketed in China?
At the present though China Mobile are still saying there is no schedule to bring the Apple iPhone 3G to the Chinese market, and we know from experience that Apple won’t say anything until they are ready, so for now we wait to see if Apple can actually crack the China nut.
Source — unwiredview