Apple's iPhone Deal With China Unicom Not Exclusive

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Dow Jones Newswires reports that Apple's deal with Chinese wireless provider China Unicom to bring the iPhone to that country, announced last week, is in fact not exclusive. Early reports had claimed that the deal contained a multi-year exclusivity arrangement for China Unicom, but the official denial by Apple opens the door to the company allowing other Chinese wireless providers to offer the iPhone.
    The report notes that China Mobile remains interested in carrying the iPhone, despite lengthy previous negotiations with Apple that faced numerous stumbling blocks and allowed China Unicom to become the first to launch the iPhone in China.

    Article Link: Apple's iPhone Deal With China Unicom Not Exclusive
  2. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Unlike the rest of the world, when you negotiate with China Telecom, you have China the government, at the table. China's demands superceed the needs and desires of the other parties CT and AAPL.

    That makes any outcome at all very difficult, and one that is beneficial to CT, AAPL and consumers nearly impossible. This will be a crippled device offering more services than other handset providers, but not the full feature set the providers are willing and able to provide.

    I guess here it is a little like ATT banning tethering, VoIP, and video resend services to manage bandwidth. Except in this case China is making sure all traffic is visible to them and there are no easy ways to prevent that.

    Haven't they heard of Echelon?


  3. iphones4evry1 macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA

    Wow, looks like Chinese consumers are going to have it better than us when it comes to choice. Who would have ever thought that. I hope the FCC sees just exactly what it is allowing the evil at&t to get away with.

    Note to Steve Jobs: End the at&t exclusivity already!
    Note to the FCC: It is obvious that at&t is stifling consumer choice. End the exclusivity!
  4. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Be careful who you blame. There are two signatories to that exclusivity contract.

  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    China's crippled iPhone has everything except for Wi-Fi, which is not that big of a deal. Most people in China use pay-as-you-go and not contracts. The rates are cheap and most of the internet related tasks on the iPhone require little bandwidth. Mobile providers want to earn money from people using 3G (which is far more efficient that most countries and extremely speedy) rather than Wi-Fi, it's understandable.

    However, here in the States, we are being f***ed and screwed over by AT&T for MMS. They promised late summer and still we haven't gotten squat. That is definitely NOT understandable, their shoddy 3G coverage and deaf ears to the customers.
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Apple doesn't care which company they go with as a service provider in China; all Apple wants to know is "where do I send the 5,000,000 iPhones to and when?" :eek:
  7. abbeybrooke01 macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2009
  8. nonamelive macrumors member


    Aug 7, 2009
    San Francisco
    If the iPhone doesn't have Wi-Fi, many apps in the app store will be useless, such as Remote, GoodReader, AirSharing, etc...
  9. pengpai macrumors newbie


    Aug 29, 2009
    it has been proved that the iphones sold in china have no wifi.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    As if 99% of the apps in the app store are of any use to the average Chinese consumer.

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