Earlier there were speculations that Apple’s next-gen iPhone or iPhone 5 will be launched with support for China Mobile. China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile carrier. But now there are rumors that it is not likely that China Mobile will support it.
As per a report by The Next Web:
Employees at China Mobile, the world’s largest mobile operator, have indicated that the carrier is unlikely to sell Apple’s upcoming iPhone, Sina Tech reports. The publication spoke to a number of workers at the provincial and city level who said they had heard nothing about Apple’s next-generation iPhone being released on China Mobile.
China Mobile currently serves more than 650 million mobile subscribers. And if rumors are to be true, China Mobile will be the only telco in China, which will officially not carry the iPhone.
It is believed that this decision was taken due to the iPhone’s lack of support for China Mobile’s proprietary TD-SCDMA standard.
As reported by The Next Web, China Mobile and Apple are organizing talks with each other to combine the former’s standard into the latter’s iPhone.
But according to Xi Guohua, chairman, China Mobile, the major hold up so far is the delay in the development of the required chip, which Qualcomm will make.
The iPhone 5 or Next iPhone (name not yet official) is expected to debut on Sept. 12th, which is slated for Apple’s much-awaited event.
iPhone 5 is believed to carry all of the wireless standards supported by iPhone 4S- its predecessor.