iPhone on China Telecom by November 2011
Apple is letting China Telecom gets the CDMA iPhone before the year ends, as the firm plans to expand their subscriber base.
China Telecom is rumored to carry the iPhone by the end of 2011 based on a late night leak on Tuesday. Due to the existence of the CDMA models, the firm has all the technology and just needs to complete a deal.
China Telecom isn’t considered Apple’s ultimate target, but the company would be playing an important role for the distribution of the model since it is dubbed as the second largest carrier in China. This means it would be larger than the current iPhone provider, China Unicom, and significantly expands Apple’s subscriber base. Apple is negotiating with China Mobile as well and could have all the top 3 largest carriers under their company by the end of 2011.
These deals will be very important for the expansion of Apple’s reach in China and to curbing a rush of Android phones in the country, specifically from the China-native designers. Apple’s biggest growth in the previous years was on Southeast Asia, and could see it reach a wider span of audience in a country with 896 million cellphone users. The firm is said to be in talks with India’s reliance and Tata too for deals, but there still no progress on their talks.
If Apple waits until the iPhone 5 arrives, it may not need separate models since they could ship a dual-mode design that works on both CDMA and GSM networks.View Article Source »