|Aug 23, 2011, 12:11 PM||#1|
Apple and China Telecom Still in iPhone Talks
Reuters reports that Apple and China Telecom continue to be engaged in talks regarding bringing the iPhone to China's third-largest carrier. China Telecom currently has over 100 million wireless subscribers, making it larger than either AT&T or Verizon in the United States.
Reuters reported last month that Apple and China Telecom were close to a deal to introduce the iPhone by the end of the year, but the two sides have apparently yet to come to an official agreement or at least publicly acknowledge that one has been reached.
Apple has been expanding rapidly in China and continues to look to the market as key to the company's continuing growth. Both China Telecom and China Mobile have been courting Apple for the iPhone, with the China Mobile talks said to have involved Steve Jobs himself. China Mobile offers over 600 million subscribers, but operates on a specialized TD-SCDMA standard that would either require Apple to develop custom iPhone hardware or restrict China Mobile users on current iPhone hardware to the carrier's slower 2G network.
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|Aug 23, 2011, 04:22 PM||#2|
Not a bad market to open. That would pump up the numbers in the fourth quarter!
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