Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with the Chairman of China Mobile

Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with the Chairman of China Mobile
Meeting with the Chairman of the world's largest mobile carrier, China Mobile, Apple CEO Tim Cook seemed to feel optimistic that both companies could agree to a deal that would finally allow the carrier to offer the Apple iPhone. After the meeting with Xi Guohua, the Apple CEO said that he was optimistic that China would soon become Apple's biggest market in the near future.

Because of its proprietary 3G network, Apple has never been able to finalize a deal to have the Apple iPhone available for China Mobile customers, although millions of unlocked units run over China Mobile's pipeline at 2G speed. The Apple iPhone 5 is available via China Telecom and China Unicom and two million units were sold during the first weekend following the launch of the phone. China  Mobile's flagship model for now is the Nokia Lumia 920T, built for the carrier's network.

Cook met on Tuesday with China's minister for industry and information technology and on Wednesday met with top executives from China Unicom.

source: Reuters

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14 Comments

1. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Basically, he's going to beg China Mobile to offer iPhones. The first time Apple has to beg. Really nice.

2. MeoCao unregistered

Apple's power has diminished substantially. Tim Cook obviously brought the white flag to China Mobile.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now how do u know that? Please explain...

5. someones4

Posts: 627; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Please...with Apple placed at number 6 in one of the world's largest market and to have the iphone p**sed on by China Mobile, Cook obviously has to fly there personally to get things done. Well, if Cook brought his b**ls along for the trip, he might demand China Mobile make the 3g network compatible with the iPhone. Also, everything is quite predictable with Apple.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good explanation lol

7. MeoCao unregistered

Cook phoned me, he said Apple was greedy but China Mobile was even more greedy, unbelievable he said, so the Chinese won.

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Or maybe, if the network negotiations don't work, Cook has a plan B. Like i've said in an article before based on rumors that Apple planning to make affordable iPhones, Tim Cook might learn 'the art of cheap phone making 101'.

3. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Nice thumbnail

8. coppico

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

As a Chinese, and recall from last 10 yrs, Nokia has always been the proud phone supplier to China mobile, and it's flagship phones changed annually give carriers huge profit. In china, it's not so about true quality of phone; it's about popularity, and if a phone is not, you can make it popular. So doesn't matter what phone China Mobile gets, it'll make it popular...trust me. Another thing about phone sales in China is cheap, nokia has long been the provider of cheap phones in China. Smart Nokia... and Samsung is joining the cheat&popular(expensive) categories..also smart. But Apple is stubborn...as we always know

12. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

U no wat, China should start exporting their phones more. Phones like Oppo ,if marketed well ,should definitely give others a run for der money. Especially dey hav d potential to dominate d mid-budget category.

14. coppico

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 03, 2012

even as a Chinese patriot, I have to be honest and say Chinese phones lack innovation in general. They just copy others. That's what Chinese as good at, copy...not inventing.. You can argue that oppo or asus are doing good job, but oppo's and Xiaomi's UI is just pure ugly...they can make the phones look pretty, but the powerful design and smooth UI...they just can't copy

9. ray77

Posts: 126; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

baisally he will join the party an then kiss china an u guy know were it will be kiss...lol ^-^

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Tim cook may like it for all you know.

11. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

"China would soon become Apple's biggest market in the near future." .. Yeah sure..keep dreaming..ppl der can get as many as 3 high end smartphones for d price f 1 iphone!!!

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