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

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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18 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

2. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

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

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

4. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 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.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

9. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

10. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

poor poop :-(

11. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 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.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

15. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

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

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31670; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5762; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I agree, but unfortunately everyone does that

3. GrmanR

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

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

5. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

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

8. jamesedward318 unregistered

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.

14. virjartajo

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 14, 2013

thanks to Kobe. lol

17. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 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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