Apple Shopping CDMA iPhone to India Carriers: Report
Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices have been in talks with Apple to bring a CDMA iPhone to India, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal
. The usual "people familiar with the matter" reportedly said that talks have "been going on as India is a big market for CDMA," adding that a CDMA iPhone "should benefit both parties."
The perennial rumor of an iPhone compatible with Verizon's CDMA network got a boost last week, with sequential stories in the high-profile Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Though the rumor has been fodder for blog chatter time and time again over the past couple of years, the coverage by two newspapers with a lot to lose if the story turns out to be bunk garnered a lot of attention. The price of Verizon stock even went up
as the news spread.
Reliance and Tata have been exclusively providing CDMA coverage throughout the Indian subcontinent for the past few years. Though CDMA phones account for only one in five in India, the country is the fastest-growing mobile phone market, with 18 million new users coming online every month. Apple currently works with the giant carriers
Vodafone and Airtel, but market penetration of the iPhone is a measly 1% of the total 670 million mobile phones in India.
Apple India spokesperson Anand Baskaran declined to comment about the report.
Source: Cult of Mac