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Apple and world's largest carrier still in talks for a deal, but there is no rush for Cupertino

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Apple and world's largest carrier still in talks for a deal, but there is no rush for Cupertino
Sure, Apple would love to have a shot at the 611 million subscribers that make China Mobile the world's largest mobile carrier. Heck, even without an official agreement, there are 10 million unlocked copies of Apple's iconic touchscreen handset squatting on China Mobile's 2G/EDGE pipeline. While China Mobile entices those unlocked iPhone users to sign up with the carrier using gift card promotions with Wi-Fi service, only China Unicom's network is officially allowed to run the Apple iPhone in the country.

If Apple does shake hands with China Mobile, it might have to build a unique iPhone that will run over China Mobile's 3G TD-SCDMA network. This should be something familiar to T-Mobile customers in the States where the nation's fourth largest carrier uses a 3G GSM network not compatible with any Apple iPhone unit. But it seems that Apple is in no hurry to lock itself into building a new model of the iPhone that would have connectivity to China Mobile's 3G network. Shaw Wu of  brokerage firm Sterne Agee says that instead of working on a proprietary handset for world's largest carrier, Apple is testing a 4G TD-LTE iPhone that will work over China Mobile's high-speed 4G network.

China's third large carrier (and the world's largest CDMA carrier) China Telecom, also has been rumored to be talking with Apple with speculation that the carrier will have the device to sell in the middle of next year. Earlier this year there were reports that all three carriers would be offering the Apple iPhone by the end of this year, but Wu says not to expect China Telecom to become an ofdficial Apple iPhone supplier in China until the middle of 2012. No date was mentioned for when we might see the talks between Apple and China Mobile reach fruition although it would seem that Apple has 611 million reason why it should want to close that deal.

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 09 Nov 2011, 01:07 3

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


No one cares

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 01:36 7

4. android_hitman (Posts: 672; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


taco you are mentally ill

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 06:31 3

12. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Unfortunately I think tacos brain works just fine.. he's just a child. That's all.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 02:41

9. bincemathew (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


That might be your feeling about Asus or Android. But as a tech news site, Its Phonearena's job to keep people posted about things like these... Not coming for a fight with any ifans or android fans, Just an opinion dats all :)

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 05:37 2

11. s.mrabet (Posts: 117; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


what makes you think you represent everyone? pathetic i$heep

edit: and taco50, remove that picture from your avatar, it just shows how much Apple has failed your expectations.. really expected such a thin iphone? for sheep? get outta here!

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 01:08 2

3. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


This would be ridiculous the amount of iPhones Apple would sell

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 02:01 3

6. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


stop commenting on everything he says and find someone better to comment on if u dont like it…

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 02:16 2

7. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


How is this comment trolling? It's true.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 02:21

8. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


he's referring to Lucas. they would sell quite a few iphones in china, there is no doubt.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 06:33 1

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Its already ridiculous how many iPhones they sell haha but this would really be insane. Good luck Apple, whoever closes that deal is sure to be one happy camper.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 07:08 3

14. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


They would only have to work 8 months to afford one. Yea, it would add a few million subscribers to iOS, but its not like even 1/4th of the carrier's people could afford such a thing. Apple only pays their workers $60 a month in china.. Its going to take them a long long time to be able to afford the phone that they build.

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 16:31

19. andro. (Posts: 1971; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Whats ridiculous is how the iphone 4s is just like last years exact same iphone,dropping calls:

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3404857?start=300&tstart=0

http://www.facebook.com/iPhone4SOutgoingCallNoAudio

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3404857?start=0&tstart=0

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 05:24 1

10. GJanee (Posts: 214; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


just imagine how many disatvantages future iphone users in china will suffer because of its governments censorship...

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 10:25

18. remixfa (Posts: 14175; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


why was this comment moderated? it follows the rules just fine. It was referencing an ACTUAL case where that CHINEESE kid sold one of his kidneys on the black market to buy an ipad. I would say that is very relevant to a story about the iphone becoming availible in china.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/229318/kid_sells_kidney_for_ipad_2_regrets_transaction.html

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 09:03 5

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


crapple dont give a damn to good practices.. all they want is money ..

posted on 09 Nov 2011, 10:16 4

17. refrigerate_me (Posts: 22; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


correct... crapple wont give any s**t to good practices and human rights in terms of outsourced production of their products... more commodoties mean more revenue for the devils fruit and their good throwing out the production line in countries who have a lot of surplus labor.. $60 for a month for a worker ... 1000000% rate of exploitation... shame shame ..

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