Although China Mobile was the first Chinese mobile carrier to negotiate an iPhone launch with Apple, it’s China Unicom that eventually released the smartphone (in October 2009).
Even so, China Mobile has not lost its iPhone-related hopes. AFP is reporting that the carrier’s chairman still wants to sign a deal with Apple.
Assuming China Mobile will strike a deal with Apple this year, it will probably start selling both the new (and unannounced yet) iPhone – which might be called iPhone 4G – and the current iPhone 3GS.
As for the iPad (pictured above), shouldn’t Apple make a TD-SCDMA version of it in order to be used on China Mobile’s network? Because the iPad with Wi-Fi and 3G won’t actually permit users to be connected to the carrier’s network, since China Mobile doesn’t use the UMTS/HSDPA standard.
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