China Unicom-iPhone Deal Non-Exclusive

The outlook for Apple's iPhone in China just got stronger. Apple confirmed that its agreement with China Unicom is non-exclusive:

"I can confirm it is not an exclusive deal," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said in an e-mailed statement.

This potential gives Apple access to China Mobile's 500 million subscriber base, if a deal can be worked out between the companies. China Mobile will be offering Android phones in the near future. 

The market for high-end smartphones such as the iPhone is currently tiny but will grow in the next several years as Chinese carriers build out high speed networks.