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China Mobile Confirms Tim Cook Meeting – iPhone 5C Discussion Likely

by Todd Haselton | July 31, 2013July 31, 2013 7:00 am PST

Apple CEO Tim Cook walks with employees as he arrives at the headquarters of China Telecom in Beijing

Not that we doubted it, but the report yesterday that claimed Tim Cook was meeting with China’s largest mobile carriers was true. And, according to Reuters, Cook did indeed meet with China Mobile, the world’s largest wireless carrier, again. The meeting seems to back suggestions that China Mobile will finally offer Apple’s iPhone – though we imagine it will start by carrying the more affordable rumored iPhone 5C.

According to Reuters, Cook and China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua discussed “cooperation” but additional information was not provided. Apple has struggled to get its phones on the carrier, partially because China Mobile operates its own proprietary TD-SCDMA network, though it’s also possible the struggle is related to the high cost of the current generation iPhone.

China is going to continue to be a key growth market for Apple. The company will need to compete against Samsung, ZTE, Huawei, Coolpad and other local firms, all of which already have strong footholds in the country.

Reuters MacRumors

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...