Intriguing snippet over on MacNN: one in ten of Apple’s oh-so-fashionable iPhones – some 400,000 handsets — are being used in China. The twist is that the iPhone isn’t sold in China. So any iPhones being used there must have been imported on the grey market and unlocked.
The MacNN report quotes In-Stat, a research consultancy, quoting numbers from China Mobile. Apple’s discussions with China Mobile, China’s largest mobile telco, about becoming the official carrier in China, reportedly broke off last month. China Mobile won’t accept the revenue sharing deal Apple insisted on with its partners in the U.S. and Europe.