China Mobile announced today that it has ended talks with Apple regarding launching the iPhone in China. The carrier did not say why the negotiations had ended or if the split was permanent, only that talks had ended “for now.”
Local Chinese news site Sina.com reported that the talks ended because China Mobile and Apple could not agree on revenue-sharing terms of the deal.
Analysts have speculated that if talks failed between China Mobile and Apple, it could be an opportunity for China Unicom to step in and gain the exclusive rights to offer the popular handset.
Apple has only said that it expects to launch the iPhone in Asia this year.