Alibaba apps could appear on China Telecom phones — report - Mobile World Live

Alibaba apps could appear on China Telecom phones — report

18 SEP 2013

Chinese e-commerce player Alibaba could soon see its apps pre-installed on smartphones provided by China Telecom, according to a report by Reuters.

A source said that the appearance of Alibaba’s apps on China Telecom smartphones is one of the potential outcomes of a strategic agreement between the two companies that was signed earlier this week.

Alibaba titles include the Taobao Marketplace e-commerce and Laiwang social messaging apps. These are likely to be mainly installed on smartphones sold with 3G subscriptions.

Other big online players in China have partnered with operators to boost uptake of their apps.

Tencent partnered with China Unicom in August to offer a SIM card supporting the WeChat messaging app. Search engine Baidu has many of its apps pre-installed on smartphones sold in China and recently acquired the 91 Wireless app store for $1.9 billion.

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