China Mobile is the world’s largest wireless carrier, but it still doesn’t offer the iPhone. That’s a pretty big problem for Apple, which is losing market share to local Chinese smartphone makers such as ZTE and Huawei. Tim Cook wants to change that, especially as Apple begins to open more of its retail locations in China, and recently met with China Mobile’s chairman.
We don’t know exactly what happened in the meeting, but the two “discussed matters of cooperation,” according to a China Mobile spokesperson quoted by Reuters. China Mobile operates a TD-SCDMA network, however, so Apple may have to tweak its device to run properly on those airwaves. In any case, this could turn out to be a huge deal if Cook manages to reach terms with China Mobile.
Don’t expect a cheaper iPhone to compete with local Chinese phone makers, though. Apple’s Phil Schiller recently shot down those rumors.