Is Apple (
) finally positioning itself to align with the world's largest
cellular mobile carriers - otherwise known as China Mobile (
As many Apple follows know Tim Cook, CEO of Apple made a trip to
China last month to meet with Xi Guohua, Chairman of China
Mobile. To say the least the trip, Mr. Cook's second
of the year to China has set off speculation fire storm of
nearing deal between the two companies.
In the past Apple and China Mobile have resisted in making a
deal with China Mobile because iPhone would need to go under a
redesign to work on China Mobile's TD-SCDMA 3G
technology, China Mobile has been reluctant to market such
an expensive phone.
Has this changed?
The buzz is that Apple will be releasing next evolution of the
iPhone and possibly a cheaper version for emerging markets.
Speculation is for a redesign in the internal hardware to contain
the critical chips from Qualcomm (
) that will allow the phone to run on not only the China Mobiles
main stream network but many of the obscure networks within
Add into the mix that Beijing officials are expected to
release 4G licenses favoring the larger operators by the end of
2013. Here's the catch …the 4G licenses are expected to be
for TD-LTE technology and the more commonly used FDD-LTE
technology but this should not cause a problem if Apple indeed is
using Qualcomm chips. The Qualcomm technology can handle
both types of networks. This would mean Apple only
needs to have one design for the next generation making it easier
to pen a deal with China Mobile.
If Apple is taking this road and make a deal with China Mobile
with a cheaper phone for the emerging markets, Apple would gain
access to China Mobile's 710 million customers (as of December