More on Apple: 1) China Mobile's (CHL) CEO suggests his company's lack of an iPhone deal has to...

More on Apple: 1) China Mobile's (CHL) CEO suggests his company's lack of an iPhone deal has to do with deal terms rather than its TD-SCDMA 3G network. 2) IDC claims Apple's Chinese smartphone rank fell to #6 in Q3. Samsung was first, followed by fast-growing local Android OEMs Lenovo and Coolpad. The iPhone 5 launches in China on Dec. 14. 3) As Tim Cook declares some iMacs are being made in the U.S., Foxconn says it will expand its North American production.

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  • mogando
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    Apple should focus on getting access into NTT DoCoMo (which still maintains an iron fist on in-network phone branding) as opposed to CHL, which contains many low-loyalty prepaid accounts who would never pay USD650 unlocked for iPhone 5, or even USD 400 for iPhone 4 unlocked.


    Let Android be the next Symbian. Apple needs profit share, not market share.
    6 Dec 2012, 03:49 PM Reply Like
  • Ronin.
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    The author of that China Mobile article states that "The Chinese carrier was able to hold out against iPhone pressure and availability on competing operators for years, and without big losses."


    But, previous information on the Chinese carriers seemed to indicate otherwise, showing a shift in smartphone accounts in favor of the competition. Changes could be due to the network availlable, demographic shifts, and possibly iPhone availlability. China Mobile might be the one being hurt by holding out.
    6 Dec 2012, 04:31 PM Reply Like
  • merechino
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    It is political economics. The chnese government does not want china mobile to carry iPhone's. It will further compress the market share of the other 2 carriers.
    6 Dec 2012, 06:16 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    I think the most telling passage is this:


    China Mobile President Li Yue:
    "Speaking at 2012 China Mobile Worldwide Developer Conference, when asked about availability of iPhone, he told the audience that “technology is not a problem, [it’s] mainly about business model and benefit-sharing issues”."


    China Mobile wants a piece of the Apple Pie, it's that simple.
    What I believe is the sticking point is that they want a portion of app store sales.


    (and good for them.)
    China Mobile understands Apple's phones will likely need a hefty subsidy and they want compensation for that. So they will take it on app sales.
    6 Dec 2012, 08:20 PM Reply Like
  • Dean Scarpinato
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    Looks like T-Mobile has decided that having an iPhone might help their dismal business.
    6 Dec 2012, 04:48 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    yep...people leaving in droves after their contracts run out ...over to att ...
    6 Dec 2012, 04:55 PM Reply Like
  • debtfree1
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    Not me I'm waiting to ditch T-Mobile for Verizon.
    6 Dec 2012, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • Gary Bushwacher
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    " Foxconn says it will expand its North American production "


    Please note that North America includes Mexico.
    I'm skeptical Apple products will be made in the USA
    i.e.: job creation not so sure
    6 Dec 2012, 04:51 PM Reply Like
  • K.Y.Terry
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    K.Y. Terry knows both Taiwan and China, travels to both and familiar with its language and culture.
    7 Dec 2012, 02:50 AM Reply Like
  • K.Y.Terry
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    Recall the attack on Foxconn's mistreatment of its workers who made parts and assembled the I phone a couple of years ago? What's interesting is that the media never identified Foxconn as a Taiwan company, whose bosses set up factories in China and dictate pay scale and working conditions. But the story line suits the prevalent antagonism towards China as a competitor. Foxconn kept mum about its Taiwanese heritage. Now learns from Japan, Foxconn moves at least some manufacturing to America so Apple will not be the target of outsourcing ire. We'll see how the Taiwanese bosses will fare on American soil.
    7 Dec 2012, 02:50 AM Reply Like
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