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  • China Mobile Confirms Apple to Release 4G TD-LTE iPhone, Allegedly



    Giz-China is reporting that Apple has reached an agreement with China Mobile, China's largest wireless provider, and by extension the world's largest provider, to bring a 4G TD-LTE version of the iPhone to their network.

    The deal would secure Apple another 600 million plus potential buyers with a potential upside of $70 billion to $200 billion according to to AllthingsD.

    Thats a lot of money.

    The alleged confirmation jives well with reports from earlier this year, but still doesn't specify a model of iPhone or when it will be released. Images of Apple COO Tim Cook visiting China Mobile's headquarters in June have helped fule the rumors as well. The move to bring the iPhone to China Mobile would no doubt be a smart decision for Apple, but the legitimacy of the alleged confirmation should be taken with a grain of very large, rocky salt, reminiscent of deer-lick.

    Tim Cook did give up this gem of information during the last quarterly earning's call when asked about the prospect of a deal with China Mobile:

    Pre-paid or unlocked phones (phones without contract) are very key in China. And very key in a number of emerging markets where credit systems are not as well established as in Western Europe, USA, Japan, etc. The iPhone volume for the first 3 quarters of the fiscal year was up 5X year over year. We are not saying at all how to play perfectly in the environment. We have more to do and more to learn. We feel very good about our progress. We are taking those learnings and applying them to other markets as well. - Cook
    I'm no financial advisor, but if and when Apple announces the availability of the iPhone on China Mobile, that stock price is gonna jump.

    Source: Giz-China, AllThingsD
    This article was originally published in forum thread: China Mobile Confirms Apple to Release 4G TD-LTE iPhone, Allegedly started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      The phone does look sexy, no doubt. Without LED flash though, I'd rather just keep my current iPhone 4. Flash is clutch! (yes, I know the pics is a mock up)
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Can't wait
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      I hope this will be AT&T's first LTE Device.
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      So is it confirmed, or alleged? I can't decide.

    1. keynesbuyer's Avatar
      keynesbuyer -
      June have helped fule the rumors as well. The move to bring the iPhone to China Mobile would no doubt be a smart decision for Apple, but the legitimacy of the alleged confirmation should be taken with a grain of very large
    1. loso86's Avatar
      loso86 -
      It's funny how the world works.

      Apple release a phone that looks like android and then ppl get excited saying it sexy, why not just get the android?

      I only like the screen size, doesn't feel like an apple phone at all.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I would def. buy the new phone if it looked like that. slimmer and edge to edge screen.
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Quote Originally Posted by loso86 View Post
      It's funny how the world works.

      Apple release a phone that looks like android and then ppl get excited saying it sexy, why not just get the android?

      I only like the screen size, doesn't feel like an apple phone at all.

      You are 100% right. If the iPhone 3G met and made a baby with the Evo 4g, this would be it for sure. Even though it looks like every other htc phone out there, I would get this just for the screen size.
    1. Hardcoredrummer1996's Avatar
      Hardcoredrummer1996 -
      Kinda looks more like a Android thing, Not Apple. But that would be a nice look for a iPhone, I think that the iPhone 5 is going to have the same look as the iPhone 4 cause the iPhone 1g and 2g looked the same(ish) and the iPhone 3G and 3G(S) looked the same.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hardcoredrummer1996 View Post
      Kinda looks more like a Android thing, Not Apple. But that would be a nice look for a iPhone, I think that the iPhone 5 is going to have the same look as the iPhone 4 cause the iPhone 1g and 2g looked the same(ish) and the iPhone 3G and 3G(S) looked the same.
      What's this iPhone 1G you speak of?
    1. c0deName_ZERO's Avatar
      c0deName_ZERO -
      nice design looks like could be the most accurate according from what we have all seen an heard the placement of the home button the thinner and metal back bigger screen .. now the question is where did they get this pic ???
    1. s0ulp1xel's Avatar
      s0ulp1xel -
      that does not look like a iPhone that looks more like a android or a galaxy tab or a Nexus One even.

    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hardcoredrummer1996 View Post
      Kinda looks more like a Android thing, Not Apple. But that would be a nice look for a iPhone, I think that the iPhone 5 is going to have the same look as the iPhone 4 cause the iPhone 1g and 2g looked the same(ish) and the iPhone 3G and 3G(S) looked the same.
      lol wut, there was no "1G and 2G" iPhone. The 1st generation was just called the iPhone (metal back w/ plastic lower section). 2nd generation was the iPhone 3G which worked on the new 3G cellular data network. The 3rd generation was the 3GS, and the 4th generation was/is the iPhone 4.

      The 3G and 3GS were the only 2 successive models with the same exterior appearance. We still don't know yet whether the 5th generation phone will look the same as the 4th generation or not.
    1. Madman604x's Avatar
      Madman604x -
      how can the phone look like an android? Android is an operating system.
    1. ehren88888's Avatar
      ehren88888 -
      Yeah and the battery will still suck and die in 2 and 1/2 hours on the AT&T LTE Network