CDMA carriers in talks with Apple for iPhone in India

Apple Online Store“Two Indian telecom operators are in talks with Apple Inc. to launch an iPhone in India based on the code division multiple access technology in a bid to tap the growing smartphone market in one of the world’s fastest-growing mobile markets, people familiar with the matter said,” Romit Guha and R. Jai Krishna report for The Wall Street Journal.

“The talks with Reliance Communications Ltd. and Tata Teleservices Ltd. –which offer mobile phone services based on CDMA technology–come soon after news that Apple is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year in the U.S. Verizon Wireless offers mobile phone services based on CDMA technology,” Guha and Krishna report. “Tata has been in talks with them [Apple] for four to five months now,” said one person familiar with the negotiations. ‘This has been going on as India is a big market for CDMA. It [any launch] should benefit both parties,’ the second person said.”

Guha and Krishna report, “It is unclear though when any launch may take place, these people said… Launching a CDMA phone will give Apple access to more customers in the world’s fastest growing telecom market, which is adding around 18 million users a month. The country currently has about 670 million wireless users, of which roughly 20% use CDMA phones.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If Apple is going to CDMA and adding many new carriers around the world, then the leftovers that Google, RIM, Nokia, Microsoft, etc. are fighting for will amount to nothing more than a few crumbs.

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