Last month, we reported that Apple COO Tim Cook met with officials of China Mobile in China, to work out details of letting the huge carrier offer the iPhone to its 611 million customers, which accounts for 68% of the country's wireless market. And while the iPhone is not yet available for China Mobile, 4 million Chinese are using its network to run an iPhone unit. China Unicom is the only one of the three carriers currently offering Apple's handset to customers.
To show you how much money is at stake for Apple, if China Telecom, with 107.5 million subscribers, signs a pact with Apple as expected, it could bring $9 billion USD into Apple's coffers. And remember, China Mobile has nearly 4 times the number of customers as China Telecom has.
source: Bloomberg via AppleInsider