Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy    11 / 2 ℃  City Forecast


China Mobile to develop own-brand smartphones

By Zhu Shenshen (Shanghai Daily)

08:57, December 06, 2012

CHINA Mobile plans to launch its own-brand smartphones and establish a mobile Internet firm as the country's biggest mobile carrier embraces an emerging mobile Internet age, the company's president Li Yue said today.

The carrier, with more than 700 million subscribers, hopes to introduce the latest iPhone into the mainland market but it still has a different business model from that of Apple Inc, Li said at the China Mobile Global Developers Conference 2012.

"We have the army (traditional telecom services). Now we need the navy and the air force (new mobile Internet services)," Li told the forum held in Guangzhou today.

China Mobile will integrate services such as mobile reading, music, video and the Internet of Things into the business of the new mobile Internet company, Li said.

Meanwhile, China Mobile will launch smartphones of its own brand in the future to provide customized services to its clients, Li said without giving a timetable.

Despite its huge client base, China Mobile is facing challenges from QQ and Weixin, instant message tools developed by Tencent which is eroding China Mobile's short message and voice message incomes, industry analysts said.

Mobile devices now account 13 percent of the world's Internet traffic, compared with 4 percent a year ago. The sales of mobile devices will soon surpass the sales of PC computers, according to Mary Meeker of the investment firm, Kleiner Perkins.

China Mobile has launched new tools for mobile payment and voice search, known as "China's Siri."

iFlyTek, 15 percent owned by China Mobile, provides a text-to-speech solution that allows a smartphone user to type in his native language when calling China Mobile's hotline or ordering a pizza.

China Mobile has had business cooperation with Apple Inc since 2007. "There is no problem in our cooperation. But both sides have differences regarding the business model and profit sharing," said Li.

Apple also has cooperation with China Unicom, a rival of China Mobile. China Unicom is scheduled to start selling the brand-new iPhone 5 next Friday.

We recommend:

China's first rail to 'sea of death' starts operation

Sales of Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 tops 5mmark

Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed rail to open

10th China Int'l Automobile Exhibition concludes

Harbin-Dalian high-speed railway starts operation

New wave of communication tools

Alibaba's transaction volume in 2012 hits 1 trln yuan

China's savings rate world's highest

Shanghai Center Tower to rise over 400m


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. PLA shooters win gold medal in Championship

  2. PLA conducts confrontation training

  3. Great beauty in silence(II)

  4. Challenges remain for smoking ban

  5. Porsche 911 Carrera 4S shines

  6. E-commerce, a bright spot in China

  7. 8 must-eat foods for pregnancy

  8. Tree houses around the world

Most Popular


  1. Economy stabilizing, but facing severe challenges
  2. Aircraft Carrier Style mirrors a great power
  3. Prejudice dents enterprises' overseas expansion
  4. Innovation key to economy growth model in China
  5. China's culture once influenced the world
  6. Say no to ugliness appreciation
  7. Promoting old-time inclusive TCM
  8. Bigger global role for RMB in 2013
  9. Income doubling goal needs strategy
  10. Victims of sexually explicit photographs

What’s happening in China

Solar yacht put into use in SE China

  1. Int'l Volunteer Day marked in China
  2. Blizzard cuts power supply in Dongfanghong
  3. Behind every corrupt man
  4. Man failed blackmail bid with explosive device
  5. Typhoon Bopha to bring gales to South China Sea