Wednesday, September 2, 2009

iPhone not exclusive in China, talks with China Mobile go on

The three-year deal Apple made with China Unicom is not an exclusive one, and negotiations continue with China Mobile. Still, regulatory hurdles may prevent Apple from launching a Chinese App Store.

Apple has confirmed that its agreement to sell iPhones via China Unicom, which lasts for three years, isn't exclusive. China Mobile says it is still in talks with Apple to carry the iPhone, though Apple hasn't said what Chinese carriers it is in talks with. And while that company—China's largest mobile carrier by a wide margin—cited control issues with how the App Store is run, there may be further legal hurdles to cross before Apple can offer apps via the App Store to Chinese users.

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