Tech super blog TechCrunch tells us of a rumour swirling around that China Mobile will be “offering the iPhone at a heavily subsidized discount in order to court the massive Chinese population”. An article at it.hexun.com which cites a member of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) as its source says:
China Mobile will procure the handsets for their full price, and then on-sell subsidized handsets to consumers. The source explained that China Mobile could buy a 3G iPhone from Apple for USD 299 – an example price – and then sell the handset to users for USD 199, treating the additional USD 100 as compensation to Apple. [Translation by Marbridge Consulting]
All fingers (and toes) crossed now that the above rumours are true!