Earlier today, a report from CapitalVue reported that Apple and China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier have struck a deal to bring the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 onto their network. China Mobile reigns supreme above other carriers in the world, such as AT&T, Verizon with a whopping 600 million customers.
A Chinese language site, ccidcom.com picked up the story and mentioned that the story came directly from Associated Press although that claim was not proven. If this claim turns out to be true, the iPhone 4 will be on China Mobile’s networks by October and will likely receive LTE 4G with the introduction of the iPhone 5.
China Mobile’s network currently operate on a TD-LTE standard. China Mobile could help the iPhone grow in the smartphone market. Apple COO Tim Cook was spotted at China Mobile headquarters last June, supporting the idea that a deal was in the works at the time. It has now been reported that the deals are finalized and the iPhone will indeed be arriving on China Mobile’s networks.
This seems to be a deal very similiar to the deal struck between Apple and Verizon, where AT&T was the only network offered until the iPhone 4. The same can be seen for China Mobile, which is very popular and sought after; the iPhone could recieve a greater market share by adding China Mobile to it’s carrier chain in China.
Currently, Apple only operates in China under the network of China Unicom but multiple networks in one country could definitely grow Apple’s smartphone market share.