Apple has been rumored to be in talks with China Telecom to bring iPhone to the third largest telecom operator in China. AllThingsD today highlighted a new reported originally posted by Sohu.com and noted by Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White. The report mentions that the carrier has reached “preliminary agreement” with Apple to sell iPhone 5 around October.
According to Sohu.com, China Telecom will offer two types of iPhone that include the iPhone 5 and a ‘simplified iPhone 4,’ says White. “Essentially, this potential ‘simplified iPhone 4′ would be a more economical version of iPhone to target a broader customer base in developing countries such as China, allowing for an expanded market opportunity.
This isn’t the first time we are hearing reports about Apple supporting a cheaper iPhone. The rumor mill and many analysts in the past have speculated that an iPhone nano has been in the works. However, no concrete evidence has been revealed as yet to support this rumor.
Introducing a cheaper or simplified version of the iPhone for the Asian markets to meet lower price points could open new revenue opportunities for the company. Analyst Brian White believes that “if Apple offers a more economical, ‘simplified iPhone 4,’ the opportunity with China Telecom could be much larger.”
The Asian market has played a very important role in Apple’s phenomenal sales figures for the second quarter. Even though it seems quite unlikely for the Cupertino, California-based company to offer a simplified version of the iPhone; a low cost smartphone could indeed help the company capture more market share.