Apple Meets with Head of China Mobile to Discuss Potential Deal
Tim Cook’s trip to China was said to include a visit with the head of the largest carrier in the world, China Mobile, as Apple’s chief executive continues to work toward a potential partnership. The meeting between Cook and China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua took place in Beijing, and was confirmed by the carrier to Reuters
. The two sides met to discuss “matters of cooperation,” but no other details were provided.
Speculation points towards a potential deal between Apple and China Mobile for some time. Cook most recently met with China Mobile in January but the carrier still has yet to offer the iPhone. Currently the iPhone is available on carriers China Unicom and China Telecom.
China Mobile was said to have 15 million unofficial iPhone users on its network as of March of 2012. It is also said to host roughly 715 million subscribers with only 13% of those being on high-speed 3G networks. The carrier hopes to rectify that by investing $6.7 billion to build out its 4G technology while it’s been speculated that Qualcomm’s latest LTE chips could allow Apple to have true global high-speed data support for carriers like China Mobile with its next iPhone update.
Cook is said to have also met with carrier China Telecom on his current trip to China. With Apple rumored to be planning to release a new entry-level plastic iPhone in the coming months, observers have speculated that device could have been a key point of discussion between the two companies. We’ll have to wait and see what comes out of Cook’s visit to China when more concrete information is revealed.
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