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NewsPoster Jul 31, 2013 12:43 PM
China Mobile confirms meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China Mobile chairman Xi Guohua in Beijing on Tuesday, the latter company tells <em>Reuters</em>. The subject of the executives' discussion is being kept secret, but the pair were likely in talks to bring a new iPhone and/or iPad to China Mobile. The company is the only major Chinese carrier without an Apple deal, although it has a number of unofficial iPhone users on its network.<br /><br />China Mobile's main obstacle has been network compatibility. The firm uses a proprietary 3G standard, TD-SCDMA, which doesn't extend outside of China and is therefore unsupported by most phones and tablets. The carrier has however been building out a new LTE 4G network, and since the Chinese government is expected to issue 4G licenses later this year, China Mobile could finally be in a position to offer iPhones and iPads so long as new models accommodate its frequencies. New devices should be announced sometime this fall, most likely in September.<br />
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Cook is said to have met with one of China Mobile's rivals, China Telecom, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/290830==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/07/30/subject.of.talks.unknown/" rel='nofollow'>earlier this week</a>. It's unknown if the CEO is meeting with China Unicom, or any suppliers in the region, particularly in light of <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/290831==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/07/29/charges.include.bosses.withholding.pay/" rel='nofollow'>charges of worker rights abuses</a> at Pegatron.
 
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