It is now getting to a state of high farce and far, far too much has been written about it. This adds to the excess. We will try never to write about the iPhone in China until it is a done deal and details and dates are available.
So this is the last bit on the iPhone before something happens.
The splendidly ever present unnamed yet informed source says that "senior officials from Apple Inc are to visit China this week, and they haven’t arrived in Beijing yet.
Their visit aims to visit senior officials of China Unicom and discuss with them how iPhone should enter Chinese market."
The unnamed, yet wonderfully informed, source said that Apple’s representatives may also meet senior officials from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).
In early March, a delegation from China Unicom flew to Cupertino to meet with a team led by Greg Joswiak, Apple (AAPL) vice president for iPhone product marketing. According to a report in Monday’s International Business Times, Joswiak is expected to represent Apple in this week’s negotiations as well.
China, with more than 600 million subscribers, is the world’s largest cellphone market and the last major hurdle in Steve Jobs’ grand plan to blanket the globe with iPhones.
And, that folks is it. Until it is a done deal and we have real pictures of real iPhones for sale in China we will not mention them again. iPods just possibly. China iPhones not. Enough is enough.
CNNMoney.com says that Shanghai Security News has reported that an informed yet unnamed source reported last week that Apple and China Unicom had finally inked a three-year agreement.
Followed by a China Unicom spokesperson by telling the wire services that negotiations were still ongoing.
A pox on all their houses.