Apple's on again-off again negotiations with China's largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, have supposedly come to a standstill yet again. According to Interfax China, China Mobile CEO Wang Jianzhou is none too thrilled with the idea of Apple selling apps directly to China Mobile customers.
The latest rounds of talks with both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook came to a standstill when China Mobile supposedly refused to give up sales of smartphone apps to Apple. "Wang said China Mobile should operate the application store itself in order to maintain its advantage," a source told Interfax China. Another sticking point was that the App Store requires the use of a credit card, whereas most customers in China pay by depositing money into their mobile phone accounts.