China Mobile's Chairman says that Steve Jobs has interest in LTE flavored Apple iPhone

China Mobile's Chairman says that Steve Jobs has interest in LTE flavored Apple iPhone
According to Bloomberg, China Mobile's CEO, Wang Jianzhou, says that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has personally expressed an interest in an LTE flavored iPhone and is "willing to start the development at an early date." The LTE enabled version of the Apple iPhone would run on China Mobile's TD-LTE network. Although commercial use of a 4G network in China won't start until the second half of 2012, Verizon's 4G network has already started to rollout in major cities and thus would be ready for a possible Summer release of an LTE variant of the Apple iPhone. AT&T's LTE pipeline is well behind Big Red's and is supposed to start up in the middle of this year. Could the mobile operator have enough major markets up and running in time to support an Apple iPhone LTE launch this year?

The big question though is, what is considered an early date? Could the crew out in Cupertino already be working on an Apple iPhone 5 that supports LTE? After all, Apple might be considered behind the curve if the next model of its iconic touchscreen handset fails to have support for 4G. Verizon is expected to launch its first LTE handset, the HTC Thunderbolt, any day now while AT&T is now offering the Motorola ATRIX 4G, an Android model that uses AT&T's HSPA+ network to qualify for its 4G designation,

Just last month, we reported that Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead had said that Apple would be producing mobile devices for LTE networks. So now we have two very senior executives talking about a 4G iPhone. The only problem is that the third executive, whose comment would carry the most weight in the matter, has yet to utter a word in public about it.

source: Bloomberg

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1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Why is Asia so ahead of the US on wireless? Especially China! Cell phones started in the US, and now we're being upstaged. Oh America, wear the hat of shame. :P Before someone points out that LTE costs money, I know that. But how does a network make billions and billions of money and say they have to save money? All the carriers are penny-pinchers in the long run. Pay checks before innovation I suppose. Thats why Japan rapes us in technology.

2. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Oh, forgot to mention that I noticed that they won't have it available till 2012 but still, they said they're ready for it.

5. jon678 unregistered

As stated in the article...use of a 4G network in China won't start until the second half of 2012 They aernt ahead of anything

6. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Why is this guy voted down? He's correct!? China won't have 4G until 2012 and VZW already has it...

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

China and other countries are ahead of us because we started with first generation cellular. And upgrade to each new tech upon the legacy towers. Upgrade rollouts take time. China and other nations started their wireless infrastructure on 2g or for some nations even 3G technology. So from the get go they were where we were upgrading too. This phenomenon is why japan is "raping" us as you put it in technology. After WWII we occupied japan a bit and to this day have a military presence there. Because we toppled their form of government and destroyed many cities and industries we helped them rebuild. Just like we are doing in Iraq. But we helped them rebuild with what was at the time state of the art tech. The japanese took that and ran with it. Using that advantage to stay ahead for decades to come. That is the real reason japan is "raping" us in technology. Not because the frugality of our corporations.

4. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

Well said.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I guess what I am trying to understand is why is this (that Apple/Steve Jobs is interested in building an iPhone with a LTE radio) even news? At some point Apple/Steve will build an iPhone with LTE radios. The only question is which version (5 or 6). I say LTE will make it into the iPhone 6.

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