Unicom Talks iPhone Link

Unicom confirms iPhone talks
China Unicom Ltd. (NYSE: CHU) chairman Chang Xiaobing has confirmed the operator is in talks with Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) about offering the iPhone to its early 3G customers, according to this Interfax China report.

An announcement about the outcome of the talks is expected be made on May 17, when Unicom is expected to launch commercial 3G services on its new WCDMA network.

The iPhone’s entry into China is an on-going saga. Negotiations between Apple and China Mobile Ltd. (NYSE: CHL) concerning the 2G version of the popular device broke down about a year ago over revenue-sharing issues and Apple’s control over its applications store.

China Mobile has reportedly stated that it’s still in talks with Apple about a 3G device to run on its new network, but that would need to be a TD-SCDMA version of the device, something that doesn’t currently exist.


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