China Mobile is reportedly in talks with Apple regarding a potential iPhone deal.
For the last three years, the world’s largest carrier has been looking to sell the iPhone in China. Just a couple of months ago, we heard it wasn’t likely that China Mobile would score such a deal with Apple. However, a new report claims that China Mobile’s president (Yue Li) has been in talks with Apple concerning a China Mobile iPhone handset. If such a deal was orchestrated, Apple’s iPhone would become available to China Mobile’s 700 million subscribers.
Speaking at 2012 China Mobile Worldwide Developer Conference, when asked about availability of iPhone, he told the audience that “technology is not a problem, [it’s] mainly about business model and benefit-sharing issues”.
Translated into the human speak, it means that Apple and China mobile are now engaged in negotiations about order commitments, price, subsidy amounts and revenue sharing.
One problem that could affect the deal though, is China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network. Apple and the carrier would have to work around this issue if a China Mobile iPhone deal is indeed on the cards.
As always, we’ll keep you posted.