Apple IPhone 5 To Gain Access To 611m Chinese Customers Via China Mobile

Posted: Jul 7 2011, 10:31am CDT | by , in Rumors | Apple

Apple iPhone 5 to gain Access to 611m Chinese Customers via China Mobile

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More evidence surfaces that Apple is closing a deal with the world's largest mobile carrier.

Rumors about Apple making a deal with China Mobile go back to 2008. Now it seems that Apple is finally getting the deal in place to offer the iPhone 5 on the world's largest mobile carrier (over 600m customers). A photo of an iPhone 4 prototype with China Mobile logo makes its rounds on Chinese sites according to AppleInsider.

There is a technical problem with supporting China Mobile. Their 3G infrastructure uses TD-SCDMA. Apple has so far not supported this technology. Considering the huge number of potential subscribers and the traction Apple has in general in China, it totally makes sense for Apple to make an effort here.

This week we reported about a rumor from the supply chain saying that Apple ordered 15m iPhone 5 devices. That number sounded great, but if Apple launches also on China Mobile, we are going to see a likely a shortage of iPhone 5 stock at launch.

More iPhone 5 rumors.

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