Linked by KLU9 on Mon 18th Mar 2013 09:22 UTC
Apple Every year on World Consumer Rights Day (March 15), government-controlled China Central Television (CCTV) broadcasts a special report (in Chinese) damning companies for abusing Chinese consumers. This year the targets included Apple. Apple was accused of giving Chinese consumers worse service than customers in other countries, specifically of giving them replacements that included cases from their old phone, while customers in the UK would get a 100% new product.
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The issue isn't really whether Apple did something wrong (which is perfectly likely).

It's whether there's a coordinated, paid campaign by a party/government broadcaster to denigrate a major smartphone player in what is the world's biggest smartphone market, and what that implies about the party/government's intentions for smartphone OSes (remembering that this is a party/government can and has imposed anti-foreign tech standards locally, in areas like mobile phone signal tech ).

The Chinese Party/Govt's habit of interference has already deterred Apple from being officially supported by the major carrier (because the iPhone doesn't support the China-only TD-SCDMA standard). Consumer desire has overcome that obstacle, but it looks like the party/govt is beginning an assault on that too.

And the long-term issue is what such interference in the world's biggest smartphone market could have on the smartphone business & ecosystem in the rest of the world.

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