Apple got after five years negotiating its deal with China Mobile, the world´s largest mobile telecom provider. But according to business analyst Shaun Rein it is very unlikely many of the 759 million China Mobile subscribers will fall for Apple´s 4G phones. The top-end users have already signed up subscriptions with for example Samsung, and 80% of the users use 2G and won´t switch easy to 4G.Read More →

Apple got after two years of negotiations its deal with the world’s largest telecom company China Mobile. But the 500 million customers of China Mobile might not all queue up for a 4G deal with Apple, tells business analyst Shaun Rein at Bloomberg. And recent reform plans might not spell well for China Mobile either.Read More →

Sociologist Tricia Wang discusses what is holding back China’s computing industry from creating disruptive innovation. The lack of a common story that binds the industry, is one of a set of shortcomings, she argues on her weblog. Perhaps with the exception of mobile: shanzai.Read More →

Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop suggest that smartphones are only in reach of 10 percent of the population. Wrong, says researcher Tricia Wang, who is observing how the remaining 90 percent in China is getting ready to purchase a smartphone.Read More →

Companies have started to invest heavily in social media, including mobile application. But the results are often disappointing, tells William Bao Bean in this presentation on ROI on social media. Understanding your customers, and their differences, is more important than getting tools in place. Read More →

The sociologist and tech writer Tricia Wang has joined the China Speakers Bureau. Tricia Wang focuses on the usage of internet and mobile communication in cities and is current doing research in Wuhan among migrant community. Tricia Wang combines strong analytical academic skills with an equally convincing on-the-ground experience in different cities in China.Read More →

William Bao Bean via Flickr William Bao Bean has joined Singtel Innov8, a US$ 150 million venture capitalist firm as managing director in Shanghai.  Singtel Innov8 has been established in September. Singtel Innov8 is focused on investing in and driving innovative services and technology from around the world, especially China,Read More →