Word that a deal between Apple and China Mobile would be announced on or around December 18th has been replaced with news that the two parties haven’t come to an agreement in regards to launching the iPhone on China’s biggest carrier.
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iPhone not a done deal for China Mobile, still in talks with Apple

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Word that a deal between Apple and China Mobile would be announced on or around December 18th has been replaced with news that the two parties haven’t come to an agreement in regards to launching the iPhone on China’s biggest carrier. The ongoing talks have been the subject of ample coverage in light of what such a deal could mean for both.

Today, however, Xi Guohua, chairman of China Mobile, says no announcement is imminent despite the conflicting reports. The WSJ reported earlier this month that iPhone pre-orders for China Mobile were set to start last week, suggesting a deal had been reached. Instead, Apple and the Chinese carrier can’t seem to reach finality on an agreement that would be mutually beneficial to both.

China Mobile, despite being the world’s largest carrier, is the lone Chinese carrier to not offer Apple’s mobile lineup. With a subscriber base of over 700 million, Apple is keen to get their device on the network. As of now, the chances of that happening before the calendar turns to 2014 seem slim.

[via Reuters]

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