China Mobile picks BlackBerry over iPhone

 

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) appears to have cracked the Chinese market at the expense of the iPhone, following a breakdown in talks between China Mobile and Apple.

RIM has secured the backing of China Mobile, while the iPhone has been spurned in a row over revenue.

This will come as a blow to Apple, as China Mobile's 332 million customers offer the largest number of subscribers of any single mobile phone company.

A spokesman for China Mobile said that talks with Apple had been " temporarily stopped" but did not confirm whether they would restart.

Other sources within the company said that problems arose because Apple wanted to control the value chain and had been asking for as much as 30 per cent of the revenues from iPhone sales.

"Of course we could not agree," Gao Nianshu, general manager of the data department at China Mobile, revealed in a talk to students.

Reports in Chinese newspapers suggest that the BlackBerry will go on sale in the region before the end of the month.

This follows years of effort by RIM to launch into the only Asian market it has yet to tap. RIM hinted at a deal with the Chinese firm back in July 2007.

However, the BlackBerry debut does not guarantee success for RIM, as China Unicom's rival RedBerr y handset sells for less in China.

Copyright ©v3.co.uk


China Mobile picks BlackBerry over iPhone
 
 
 
Top Stories
First look: Microsoft Outlook for iOS
[Update] Office productivity suite for iOS completed with Outlook.
 
NewSat defaults on $26m in overdue Lockheed payments
Jabiru-1 satellite build hits further hurdles.
 
IBM denies plans to cut 112k jobs
But admits to further restructuring.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest articles on BIT Latest Articles from BIT
Microsoft Outlook is now on iPhone and iPad: why could this be useful?
Jan 30, 2015
Microsoft today released Office for Android and Outlook for iOS - complementing the other Office ...
Franchisees, here's something you should know about
Jan 23, 2015
You need to know the Code if you are a franchisee or franchisor as the penalties are significant.
Xero users rejoice! Quoting has finally arrived
Jan 23, 2015
It has taken years, but Xero has at last added integrated quoting to its online accounting software.
You can now get a no-contract wi-fi tablet from Telstra
Jan 17, 2015
Telstra has began selling wi-fi tablets out of contract without paying extra for cellular ...
Get your business ready for 2015: mobile payments
Jan 2, 2015
These handy apps from MYOB, Xero and others can reduce your administrative load and improve ...
Latest Comments
Polls
Who do you trust most to protect your private data?







   |   View results
Your bank
  36%
 
Your insurance company
  5%
 
A technology company (Google, Facebook et al)
  9%
 
Your telco, ISP or utility
  8%
 
A retailer (Coles, Woolworths et al)
  4%
 
A Federal Government agency (ATO, Centrelink etc)
  18%
 
An Australian law enforcement agency (AFP, ASIO et al)
  14%
 
A State Government agency (Health dept, etc)
  7%
TOTAL VOTES: 3112

Vote
Do you support the abolition of the Office of the Information Commissioner?

   |   View results
I support shutting down the OAIC.
  27%
 
I DON'T support shutting the OAIC.
  73%
TOTAL VOTES: 994

Vote