China Times, 12/08/07
According to an industry insider, Telling (000829.SZ) and Apple are in talks on national agency rights for the iPhone. Apple opened discussions with a number of distributors in the first half of 2007, but no nationwide distributor has been selected.
LENS: This latest rumor about Apple's plans for iPhone distribution in China follows a spate of others:
China Mobile: Negotiations on iPhone Ongoing, Marbridge Daily 12/04/07 issue;
Rumor: China Mobile Negotiations with Apple Fail, Marbridge Daily 11/30/07 issue;
Rumor: D.Phone to Distribute iPhone, Marbridge Daily 11/30/07 issue;
iPhone May Open Retail Shops in China, Marbridge Daily 11/26/07 issue;
Unicom Negotiating for iPhone Deal, MW 11/16/07 issue:
China Mobile, Apple in Talks on iPhone, MW 11/16/07 issue.
For additional background on Telling, please see China Postel Awards Nokia USD 2.5b Handset Deal," MW 5/18/07 issue.