China Mobile and 700 million new customers in Apple’s sights

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The WSJ is reporting that Apple and China Mobile have finally struck a deal that would bring the iPhone to the largest mobile carrier in the world.  With over 700 million potential new customers at stake, an agreement has been believed to be in the works for some time now.

A deal with China Mobile would give Apple access to a subscriber base that is seven times the size of Verizon Wireless, the U.S.’s largest carrier. Greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, is Apple’s third biggest market after the U.S. and Europe in terms of revenue.

Tim Cook visited with China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua back in July of this year further solidifying the often rumored partnership of the two power-houses.  The iPhone 5S & 5C are the first iPhones to support China’s TD-LTE standard.  As a result, it was expected that their launch in September would accompany a simultaneous release on the biggest of the Chinese mobile carriers.  Furthermore, earlier today the Chinese government granted TD-LTE licenses to China Mobile, China Unicom, and China Telecom.  China Mobile’s will launch its 4G network on December 18, and the iPhone release is expected to coincide with this event.

 

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  • James Blunt

    But China Mobile claimed that the y haven’t addressed the final pact.

    • Renkman

      The final pact?

  • Renkman

    China Mobile is going to deny that it’s happening until it’s official later this month. It’s a typical behavior from companies prior to making a major announcement–especially when a prominent source like the WSJ has leaked information on a deal as big as this. I guess we’ll see in a week or two.