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China Unicom close to iPhone deal?

China Unicom may be close to a deal that would see it become the exclusive seller of Apple’s iPhones in China for two years, a Merrill Lynch analyst told Reuters.

Ericsson wins US1.7B deals in China

Ericsson – the world’s largest mobile network infrastructure vendor – today announced it has scored deals in China worth almost US$2 billion.

T-Mobile UK in iPhone talks

Cellular News, citing a report from The Register, notes that O2 UK may be close to losing its exclusivity on Apple’s iPhone after T-Mobile UK confirmed that it is in talks to sell the iconic handset.

China Mobile awards 3G deals, expands rurally

Chinese vendors are reportedly the big winners in China Mobile’s third-round 3G network expansion tender worth CNY8.6 billion (US$1.26 billion). According to Reuters, ZTE has won 34 percent of the deal for the latest supply of TD-SCDMA kit, whilst Huawei grabbed 22 percent and Datang won 21 percent.

China Unicom hints at iPhone deal

China Unicom appears to be inching closer to a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to China, the operator confirmed this week. State-run Shanghai Securities News reported yesterday that Unicom – the country’s second-largest operator – had won exclusive rights to offer the iPhone 3G for three years.

HTC distributor plans Android launches in China

The Chinese arm of Taiwanese smartphone-maker HTC has released details of three new Android-based devices that are planned for launch in China later this year.