China Mobile has already gotten a positive answer on a TD-LTE iPhone from Apple

China Mobile has already gotten a positive answer on a TD-LTE iPhone from Apple
China is one of the key markets for Apple - after all it has the most customers in the world and smartphone usage is booming. Cupertino has opened a couple of official Apple Stores in the country, there seem to be plenty of unofficial Apple retailers and now China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, seems to be close to getting a deal bringing it a 4G TD-LTE version of the iPhone.

“China Mobile and Apple hope to find a solution for close collaboration,” China Mobile chairman Wang Jianzhou said in an interview. “We discussed this issue with Apple. We hope Apple will produce a new iPhone with TD-LTE. We have already got a positive answer from Apple.”

China Mobile currently doesn’t offer the iPhone on contract and despite having over 600 million subscribers, wants to add the TD-LTE iPhone to keep its lead over rival China Unicom, which is the only local carrier to sell Apple’s handset with a service contract.

China Mobile was previously rumored to get the iPhone after supposedly having secretly met with Steve Jobs a couple of times. The carrier has an estimated 8.5 million iPhone users, which have to rely on a 2G network. It still hasn’t rolled out the TD-LTE network, which it was approved for last December, but a launch is expected next year.

source: Bloomberg

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14 Comments

1. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

SMH. . .

2. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

The only reaso i want Apple to make a LTE phone is to further take over, because i dont really need 4G

13. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

why? because steve said you didnt?

3. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

Whats the TD stand for?

4. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

without any time frame, this story is pretty useless. of course apple will make an LTE iphone, but probs not for a year or two.

5. Rich unregistered

yep. by then ill be flying on 6G

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

6g? dude is 2011 and and not all the US has 4G yet.. verizon is the only one that can do this.. please.. ATT maybe.. but seriously... 6g... get 4G stable and in all carriers first..

7. G-Reg unregistered

Calm down killer. Im pretty sure sarcasim was used in rich's statement. The joker poppin out and saying "WHY SO SERIOUS?!" seems to come to mind. iKing, your going to be fun. But just to make sure im clear. You really think that highly of yourself and that what ever is best for you... is in turn best for everyone? I dont even have to take stabs at the good ol iCult, your arrogance and stupidity could fuel me for days. NEWS FLASH!!! We dont care what you think.. HAHA Some of you, i swear, cant help but to look like tools. And yes that includes some droid lovers out there too.

9. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the mother of all answer to dumb comments... "Im pretty sure sarcasim was used ".... why didnt you see the sarcasm onmy comment huh?... how do you know I was continuing with the sarcasm.??? you dont know right... exactly .. dont post if you don tknow... and you know what.. I do care what you think..why??... it boost my ego seing there are more dumber people than me... thank you G...

10. G-Reg unregistered

Wow, that rant make you feel better? And im pretty sure if you were to take a poll of people to wether they thought you were serious or not. More people would side with me simply due to the amount of detail you went in. Flip out, go all 8year old tantrum on PA, just makes my point even more vaild. And to answere the TD question. Its simply a tweak to LTE. Small enough tweak that existing 4g devices will be td-lte compatable. It can work on a cheaper band and instead of 2 different signals, in and out data, they will be streamed into a single signal.

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

dont bother..I took a poll around here.. and they agreed that i was using sarcasm on my comment .. on my comment.. why u need time to come up with details unlike me.. .. will give you an hour to respond to me... >>...............

14. G-Reg unregistered

HAHAHA... really? Why dont i have time to sit in front of the screen waiting to come back to your writen bile... well, i got a life there kido. It includes a female, maybe you should try one of those. quite enjoyable if i do say so myself.

8. Kingboss unregistered

"It still hasn’t rolled out the TD-LTE network, which it was approved for last December, but a launch is expected next year.".....and there it is, still nothing relevant to TODAY! lol

12. iblackdroid

Posts: 67; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Can someone tell me what the TD stands for?

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