Apple, China Mobile face hurdles in effort to offer the iPhone

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Apple, China Mobile face hurdles in effort to offer the iPhone

The iPhone 5.

(Credit: CBS Interactive)

Apple and China Mobile keep talking about providing the iPhone in China, and they keep running into the same stumbling blocks.

The iPhone is already available in China through China Unicom and China Telecom, the country’s second and third largest carriers, respectively. But a deal with China Mobile, the biggest carrier, would give Apple access to 700 million more customers.

At China Mobile’s Worldwide Developer Conference yesterday, company president Li Yue acknowledged that the carrier has been speaking with Apple since 2009 about a deal to sell the iPhone . A contract was even discussed last year, according to Chinese news site Sina Tech.

So, why is China Mobile still without the iPhone ?

One issue is technology. China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network is not compatible with the iPhone , either the iPhone 4S or the new iPhone 5. But technology problems can often be worked out. The real holdup is more about business.

“Besides the technical issues, the … [Read more]

Apple, China Mobile face hurdles in effort to offer the iPhone

Apple, China Mobile face hurdles in effort to offer the iPhone

Apple, China Mobile face hurdles in effort to offer the iPhone

Apple, China Mobile face hurdles in effort to offer the iPhone

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