China Mobile

iPhone 5 Launch Fizzles in Beijing

Those hoping for a repeat of the madness that accompanied the aborted launch of the iPhone 4S in January left disappointed on Friday, as The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple’s flagship Beijing store began selling the...

CDT Money: Positive Breeze Amid Diplomatic Firestorm

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s arrival in Beijing for a fourth round of Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) with several high-ranking members of the Chinese leadership took...

China Mobile Executive Sentenced to Death Over Bribes

Zhang Chunjiang, the former vice chairman of China Mobile was sentenced to death with a two year reprieve Friday for accepting bribes. This follows the execution of two former vice mayors. From the New York Times: Recently,...

China Mobile Shows Power Still Lies With the Party

“The tentacles of state-owned enterprises extend into every nook where profit can be made”, the National University of Singapore’s Zheng Yongnian told The Economist recently. SOEs, in turn, are riddled with and...

China Mobile Search Engine Eyes Market Share

Xinhua and China Mobile will jointly start a search engine. From Financial Times: Xinhua, China’s official news agency, and China Mobile, China’s largest mobile telecoms operator, are setting up a mobile search company together,...

The Rise and Flight of China’s Ringtone Lord

Caixin reports on the downfall of Li Xiangdong, head of China Mobile’s mobile music service, who was recently arrested for alleged corruption after disappearing and fleeing the country reportedly with a huge amount of money: A...

China Mobile Vice Chairman Under Investigation

From Reuters: China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile carrier by subscribers, said on Saturday its vice chairman Zhang Chunjiang is under investigation for breach of rules. “Zhang Chunjiang, for personal reasons,...

China Adds a Feature to Phones: Patriotism

State-controlled Chinese phone company, China Mobile, has changed customer’s ring-back tones to a patriotic song for the October 1st holiday. The song, sung by Jackie Chan, is the patriotic song called “Guojia”...

Apple’s Stealth China Mobile Plan?

BusinessWeek has more on the iPhone’s long-awaited entry into the China market after Apple announced a deal with China Unicom: Despite ongoing talk about possible tie-up with the mother of all cellular carriers, China...

Chinese Mobile Market Slows In Weak Economy

From Telegraph: The company – which is 3.2pc owned by Vodafone – said: “Macroeconomic slowdown, a rising mobile communications penetration rate and changes in the competitive environment of the...

TD Mobile Phone Standard Refuses to Die

China’s TD-SCDMA standard for 3G mobile devices is receiving increased support from the central government. From Ming Shuliang in Caijing Magazine: Supporters of China’s homegrown, third generation (3G) mobile devices...

China Mobile Says Main Hurdle in Apple iPhone Talks Cleared

Soon, hip Chinese may not have to pay premium prices for smuggled iPhones. From AFP: China Mobile said Friday the main obstacle keeping iPhone out of the world’s largest mobile phone market had been cleared now that Apple...

China’s Telecom Restructuring May Be Under Way

From AP: China’s biggest mobile phone company will take over a smaller fixed-line carrier, a state news agency said Friday, in what was expected to be the start of a sweeping industry restructuring. China Mobile...

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