China Mobile Confirms Talks With Apple on iPhone
China Mobile told its shareholders on Wednesday that the company is in talks with Apple about carrying the iPhone.
“China Mobile and Apple both have the will to strengthen cooperation,” Chairman Xi Guohua said, according to Bloomberg. “When there is more specific news, we will disclose it.”
The company reportedly indicated that it is unclear whether a deal will be reached this year. An Apple representative was not immediately available for comment.
However, sources have said that a meeting with China Mobile was among the stops CEO Tim Cook made during a China trip earlier this year.
With roughly two-thirds-of-a-billion users, China Mobile is the biggest carrier in the world, as measured by number of customers. The company’s current 3G network doesn’t work with today’s iPhone, but a next-generation iPhone could well work with China Mobile’s 4G network, which is currently in a few spots.
China Mobile has also applied to offer service in the U.S., Reuters said, but it is unclear how well that bid will be received.