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China Mobile still talking about getting the Apple iPhone, just as it did in 2010, 2011

News by Dan Seifert on Wednesday May 16, 2012.

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China Mobile the world's largest carrier says that it is negotiating with Apple to carry the iPhone, which it has not yet been able to do. It's a story we've heard before - in fact, back in 2010, the same claims were made, and then again in 2011.

The iPhone is offered by other carriers in China, but since China Mobile uses a unique network technology, called TD-SCDMA, the iPhone has yet to be available from it. Reportedly, the next iPhone to come from Apple will use a Qualcomm modem that has support for China Mobile's unique 3G network, removing that roadblock.

"We've been actively talking to Apple on how we can cooperate," said Chairman Xi Guohua. "I can't give you too many details, but I'd like to repeat that both sides do hope to boost our cooperation."

A deal with China Mobile would open the iPhone up to nearly 700 million new potential customers. China Unicom and China Telecom already offer the device, and some 15 million China Mobile customers are using unlocked versions of the iPhone, though they lack access to any 3G services.

source: Reuters

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