China Mobile in negotiations with Apple for iPhone

“China Mobile, the world’s biggest telecom carrier by subscribers, said on Wednesday it is negotiating with Apple Inc to carry the popular iPhone in China,” Lee Chyen Yee reports for Reuters.

“China Mobile is the only Chinese operator that does not officially carry the iPhone because its homegrown 3G technology is not supported by the chips used in current iPhone models,” Yee reports. “Analysts have said next-generation iPhones will likely use a Qualcomm Inc chip that would support China Mobile’s network, removing the key technology barrier for a deal.”

Yee reports, “‘We’ve been actively talking to Apple on how we can cooperate,’ China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua, who assumed the post in March, told a shareholders meeting. ‘I can’t give you too many details, but I’d like to repeat that both sides do hope to boost our cooperation,’ Xi added after the meeting. He made the comments in response to a question about when China Mobile would sign a deal for the iPhone. Rivals China Unicom and China Telecom have already signed contracts with Apple.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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  1. back in 2008 China mobile acted like they were the best thing since sliced bread. refusing to sell the iphone if the app store didn’t belong to them.

    Now they have to come back to the table begging. I will bet apple will even ask CM to pay for development costs.

    BTW if you don’t watch Chinese TV, every show and every actor carries an iPhone 4.

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