Reuters are reporting that Apple are moving closer to deal with China Mobile to release the iPhone 3G in the Chinese market. Talks between the two companies have cleared the biggest hurdle, revenue sharing, and are now moving on to logistics questions.
“Apple is no longer insisting on a revenue-sharing policy, so the biggest hurdle for China Mobile to bring in the iPhone has been cleared, but there are practical issues still to be resolved,” said China Mobile spokeswoman Rainie Lei.
Apple has moved to the up front subsidy model in China that they are now using in other iPhone markets. No timetable has been set for the release of the iPhone 3G in China but Apple have said they hope it will be before the end of 2008.
Nothing has been heard from China Unicom since, the rumor at the beginning of June that they had signed a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone 3G to the Chinese market.