updated 01:51 pm EDT, Thu August 15, 2013
Carrier chairman believes 'both sides are keen' on iPhone reaching China Mobile
China Mobile is still talking to Apple about bringing the iPhone to its network. New comments from China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua reveal that the two companies "are actively negotiating and both sides are keen," which could potentially see subscribers of the Chinese carrier being able to buy and use the iOS smartphones on its TD-SCDMA network in the future.
Even though Tim Cook visited the country and spoke to the carrier late last month, with the meeting believed to be about the iPhone and iPad, the deal is still far from completed. "There are still some commercial and technology issues that need time to resolve," said Xi according to Reuters, with the use of the proprietary TD-SCDMA instead of usual 3G networks being the likely cause, though China Mobile has been working on its own 4G LTE network.
Though Apple and China Mobile have been in talks for quite some time about introducing the iPhone to the carrier, the comments from China Mobile are not necessarily a sign that it will take place anytime soon. That said, Chinese iPhone launches typically happen a number of months after it gets released in the United States and other markets, so there is still time for the two companies to agree before the expected launch of the iPhone 5S and the rumored iPhone 5C next month.