World's largest carrier China Mobile might carry the iPhone

World's largest carrier China Mobile might carry the iPhone
Do you know the population of the United States? We’ll save you looking it up if you don’t - it’s around 310 million people. Armored with this figure, you can better understand the next one. 655 million. That’s the number of China Mobile cell phone subscribers. Twice the population of the US, and around 6 times bigger than the nation’s biggest carrier Verizon.

That’s why news about the possibility of China Mobile getting the iPhone are huge. The carrier is in talks with Apple over carrying the iPhone, but it’s not yet clear whether the talks will end by year-end. 

“China Mobile and Apple both have the will to strengthen cooperation,” Chairman Xi Guohua said. “When there is more specific news, we will disclose it.”

What China Mobile needs though is an improvement of its 3G technology, which doesn’t work with the iPhone. The operator is betting on a 4G network to lure in subscribers who increasingly want to be able to watch online video and better speeds. The carrier is trial running 4G base stations and if the tests turn out successful there will be 200,000 of them next year.

source: Bloomberg



1. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

China: The New Frontier

2. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If I were Apple, I will just change iPhone's radio to make it capable with the carrier's radio. That's a lot of iPhones they will be selling @@

3. UMAFan

Posts: 14; Member since: May 14, 2012

Don't these guys use the AWS band T-Mobile USA does? That would open up a T-Mobile US iPhone possibility.

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