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World's biggest carrier and Apple approaching a big iPhone deal

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World's biggest carrier and Apple approaching a big iPhone deal
China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier with over 740 million mobile subscribers, is close to signing a deal with Apple to carry the iPhone. The world’s largest operator is on the brink of getting its 4G license this year and with a new iPhone expected to get unveiled on September 10th, the timing would be perfect.

"Both sides sounded keen (during recent talks)," China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua said in a news conference after unveiling the carrier’s financial results for the first half of the year.

China Mobile spent nearly $2.32 billion (14.2 billion yuan) on phone subsidies in the first six months of 2013. With the iPhone in its portfolio, that sum will probably grow even higher in the second half of the year.

The deal would be a hugely important milestone for Apple, a company that has been struggling to get a foothold on the world’s largest phone market China. Samsung and Lenovo are among the best selling companies there, and others like local Huawei, ZTE, Coolpad and Yulong all have huge marketshare with their Android devices.

source: Reuters

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posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:34 4

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 10256; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


This'll be great for apple, huge market like this is major.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:37 5

2. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


True, but what they really need to be focusing on is getting my iPad Mini with a Retina display ready lol.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:31

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 10256; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Lol exactly. I'm with you on that +1

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:40 10

4. omar300 (Posts: 171; Member since: 24 Jun 2012)


pay those Chinese in cents for making those iphones and then force them to pay $700 or subsidize for expensive plan.- rich getting richer, poop getting poorer.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:32 2

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 10256; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Don't know where that came from, but mmmmmmm k

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:37 5

9. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


No, dude. 'poop' ain't getting poorer, lol.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:57 1

10. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


poor poop :-(

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:15 3

11. greathero1 (Posts: 459; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Lol! Poop! Good one! I also love your genuine attempt to stick up for the Chinese workers at Foxconn...........................NOT! It amazes me how when it's an Apple article everybody cares about labor conditions when (insert manufacturer) is also using Chinese companies to assemble products in their product lines. I guess I am a scoundrel since I own an iPad, Kindle Fire, and about 3 pairs of Nikes.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:22

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10256; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yeah I'm taking my Jordan's back in support of Omar300

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 09:29

13. Ninetysix (Posts: 1419; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


See that computer right in front of you? Guess where the parts were made.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 11:03

15. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Hell yeah bro..... I'm with you

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 12:20 2

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10256; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude if I were you, I'd log off for the day. You got pwned...

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 01:59

18. vincelongman (Posts: 1002; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I agree, but unfortunately everyone does that

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 07:38 1

3. GrmanR (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)


No 4g, no iPhone, and it's the largest carrier in the world. I know where my next enterprise will be set.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:18

5. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Of course they both want it but it a matter of terms. They both want contract and price terms in their favor.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 08:33

8. jamesedward318 (Posts: 99; Member since: 25 Dec 2010)


With the iPhone on EVER major carrier in the world Apple is going to be forced to make more innovative devices or mainly phones...I hope.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 10:04

14. virjartajo (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Feb 2013)


thanks to Kobe. lol

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 17:57

17. rallyguy (Posts: 526; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


I wonder what Apple is giving to the Chinese government. You don't get into the Chinese market at that scale without paying your dues.

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