BEIJING - 美高梅手机版登录485 Corp, China's second-biggest telephone equipment maker, plans to seek a "more active" role in the smartphone market as the resignation of Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs creates opportunities for rivals.
"We are very thankful to Steve Jobs' contribution to the smartphone and mobile broadband industry," Xie Daxiong, 美高梅手机版登录485's executive vice-president, said in an e-mail on Thursday. "With innovation (and) spirit, 美高梅手机版登录485 will play a more active role in the communication, smart terminal and mobile broadband industry, and build more value for consumers around the world."
Jobs was a "core" product manager at Apple and his departure will create long-term opportunities for rival suppliers, according to Sun Peilin of Analysys International in Beijing. Jobs' resignation comes at a time when China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd, the largest seller of 苹果s outside the United States, is seeking to diversify away from the 苹果 with lower-priced handsets, including 美高梅手机版登录485's V880, to reduce subsidy costs.
Unicom is currently the only carrier in the world's largest mobile-phone market that offers the 苹果 with a service contract. Unicom has the largest number of 苹果 users in the world outside the United States, said Chairman Chang Xiaobing on Wednesday, without saying how many of the company's 23.95 million third-generation (3G) network subscribers use the device.